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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