Sarasota Observer – My Opinion

Sarasota Observer March 22, 2012, My Opinion, page 8A

“Sarasota’s School of Architecture is part of the cultural fabric of this community,” said Dan Snyder. We hope the school district and school board can find a way to explore other options than demolish the Paul Rudolph gym and enclose the breezeways in glass. In the overall scope and scheme, that would be a small price for taxpayers to pay. Read article here:



Sarasota High School plan worries architects [Ed: …and community]


March 18, 2012, By Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor, Sarasota Herald Tribune

It was a crowd of 150, but an audience of five.

When the Sarasota Architectural Foundation hosted a panel discussion on the significance of Paul Rudolph’s Sarasota High School building Wednesday night at Ringling College of Art & Design, it pulled out the heavy guns.

For this event, that included Tim Seibert, Carl Abbott and John Howey, architectural icons of local modernism, and men who either worked for or knew Rudolph in the 1950s and ’60s. Also there was Joe King, who co-wrote the book on Rudolph, or at least one of them, and Marty Hylton, dark-haired like King, head of the preservation curriculum at the University of Florida.

Also in attendance: a panel of board members from the Florida chapter of DOCOMOMO, which stands for Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement. [Ed: panel members Christine Madrid French, Joyce Owens AIA RIBA, Richard Shieldhouse, Cynthia Peterson and Marty Hylton]

The auditorium at Ringling College’s new academics building was almost full, boosted a bit by the 20 architecture students who came down with their professor, panelist Christine Madrid French, from the University of Central Florida, to see Sarasota modernism and attend the panel discussion. About 125 in attendance were SAF members or fans of modern architecture.

And then there were the five.

These men, led by Scott Lempe, are the decision-makers who will oversee the adaptive reuse of Rudolph’s 1958-60 SHS addition — the one with the big sunshades you can almost see behind the bushes from Bahia Vista Street.

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Vote for Your Favorite Florida Buildings

Celebrate AIA Florida’s 100th Anniversary and make your voice heard! It’s time to vote on your favorite building in Florida. Florida ArcAIA Florida Top 100 Buildings Surveyhitecture: 100 Years. 100 Places. is now open! Click “Yes” to vote for more than one building and as often as you like. Your vote is registered as soon as you click yes and the check mark turns RED. You can also submit your own write-in building candidate.

Vote for your favorite Sarasota Buildings in the Florida’s Top 100 Buildings Survey:
Alta Vista Elementary School
Ca d’Zan, the Residence of John and Mable Ringling
New College of Florida Pei Residence Halls
Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay
Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church
Sarasota City Hall
Sarasota High School Addition
The Cocoon House / Healy Guest House
Umbrella House

Remember to vote often, and as many times as you want, before the polls close at midnight on April 6th. Click HERE to vote.

March 14, 2012 – Sarasota High School: Paul Rudolph Event @ Ringling College Academic Center Auditorium

Space is limited – don’t miss this amazing event – RSVP today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012Sarasota High School Addition - Paul Rudolph Legacy
5:00 – 8pm
Sarasota High School:
Paul Rudolph’s Legacy

Join the SAF, as we partner with Ringling College of Art + Design and AIA Gulf Coast, for an evening focusing on Paul Rudolph’s Legacy and his Sarasota High School Addition, slated for renovation in Spring 2012 by the Sarasota County School Board. There will be a round-table discussion by a distinguished panel including Sarasota School of Architecture members Carl Abbott FAIA, Gene Leedy and Tim Seibert FAIA, John Howey FAIA author of “The Sarasota School of Architecture” and Joe King AIA co-author of “Paul Rudolph: Florida Houses”.

Moderator Marty Hylton III, director of Historic Preservation, University of Florida’s College of Design, will talk about the Sarasota Public School Program (1954-1960).

Jedd Heap AIA
will introduce the eleven Sarasota buildings (the Sarasota High School Addition being one of them) on AIA Florida’s “Top 100 Buildings in Florida of the Past 100 Years” list.

Check-in: 5pm
Program: 5:30 – 7pm
Reception: 7 – 8pm

Ringling College of Art + Design – Academic Center Auditorium
Corner 41/North Tamiami Trail and Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL

Admission: $10 SAF + AIA Members, $15 Non-Members
Payable by cash or check at the event.
Ringling College students + staff are free but must RSVP as space is limited.
Questions: or 941.364.2199