Important Preservation Buzz Words

Preserving Our Built Environment is Beneficial to the CommunitySarasota High School Paul Rudolph Addition

  • Culturally a community is richer for having the tangible presence of past eras and architectural styles.
  • Economically a community benefits from increased property values and tax revenues when significant buildings are protected and made the focal point of revitalization and when the community is attractive to visitors seeking “heritage” tourism opportunities.
  • Socially a community benefits when citizens take pride in its architectural history and mutual concern for the protection of the architectural  building fabric.
  • Developmentally a community benefits from having a concerted and well-defined planning approach for the protection of significant architectural buildings while accommodating healthy growth.
  • Environmentally a community benefits when buildings are restored or rehabilitated rather than demolished and disposed of in the community landfill.
  • Educationally a community benefits through teaching local heritage and the understanding of the past and the resultant cultural respect by its citizens.

Paul Rudolph’s Sarasota High School will soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Secretary of the Interior is responsible for establishing standards for all programs under Departmental authority and for advising Federal agencies on the preservation of historic properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Click to read more about the standards for rehabilitation.


SHS Charrette: Sarasota Community Engaged & United


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It took a village…the village of Sarasota…our students, teachers, parents, neighbors, architects and preservationists…brought honor, respect and democracy back to planning the future of Sarasota High School…and SARASOTA DID IT! The charrette was organized by the school district at the urging of … Continue reading

First Night: Sarasota High Design Charrette

June 7, 2012 Sarasota Herald Tribune article by Harold BubilSHS Charrette_Lori White, school superintendent

Session 1 of the Sarasota High School design charrette drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Sarasota County Technical Institute on Wednesday night. Photo at right: Lori White, school superintendent, introducing moderator Dan Bailey.

And the opinions expressed were as varied as the audience members – teachers, parents, students, alumni, neighbors, architects and preservationists. Also in attendance was Shirley Hiss, widow of Phil Hiss, who as a progressive school board chairman in the 1950s inaugurated a school building program that put Sarasota on the architectural map, and resulted in the construction of Sarasota High School’s “new building,” now known as Building 4.

The audience heard presentations by school district COO Scott Lempe and representatives of two architecture firms hired for the $26 million renovation of the SHS campus. They expressed the need for “21st-century learning environments” — more open spaces and fewer individual classrooms, as students learn less from lectures and textbooks and more from teacher-directed research on their wireless tablet computers. Safety and security also were emphasized.

These concepts were widely endorsed by audience members. And the proposed “glassing SHS Charrette_Carl Abbott, Jonathan Parks, Joe Kingin” of Building 4′s iconic breezeways was held in wide disfavor by many attendees, were divided into groups to discuss the three renovation proposals. Strong support was expressed for the options that would keep the breezeways open and repurpose the old “west gym” as a media center or lunchroom. But these options would cost $1.2 to $1.5 million extra, and the budget constraints are indisputed. Photo at right by Harold Bubil – architects Carl Abbott, Jonathan Parks and Joe King discussing the Sarasota High rehab proposals. Click for full article

Charrette: Generating a Design Solution

Charrette is a method of organizing thoughts and refers to any collaborative session in which a group of designers draft a solution to a design problem. While the structure of a charrette varies, they often take place in multiple sessions in which the group divides into sub-groups. Each sub-group then presents its work to the full group as material for future discussion. Such charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people.

Please plan to attend the School Board’s “Planning Charrette” on Wednesday June 6 and Thursday June 7 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. These public meetings will decide the fate of the Sarasota High School renovations. Your support is critical to the process of choosing to preserve or destroy another Paul Rudolph school.

Alert everyone you know – a large, informed community turnout is very important. Contact us if you have questions. Thanks for being such great supporters of SHS, SAF and Paul Rudolph! Hope to see you there.

5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Sarasota County Technical Institute (SCTI), Conference Center
4748 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL
Parking: Access the visitor’s parking lot from the Proctor Road entrance. Look for the Conference Center sign on the front of the new SCTI building.
Admission: FREE!
Questions:, 941.364.2199
More Information:,
Click for 6/3/12 Herald Tribune Article by Harold Bubil

SHS SOS – June 6 & 7 Planning Charette

SAF needs the Sarasota community’s support and attendance for the Sarasota High School SOS“Planning Charette” next week which will decide the fate of the Sarasota High School renovations. Tell the school board why preserving not destroying the high school is critical. We need to remind the school board that honoring their commitment to rehabilitate Sarasota High doesn’t mean demolishing the gym and glassing in the entrance.

Sarasota County School Board “Planning Charette”
June 6 & 7 from 5:30 – 8:30pm
SCTI Conference Centre
4748 Beneva Road
Sarasota, FL

Parking: Access the visitor’s parking lot from the Proctor Road entrance. Look for the Conference Center sign on the front of the new SCTI building.

The Charette will solicit input from stake holders on how best to renovate Sarasota High School. All stake holders (students, teachers, parents, SHS, Alumni, business leaders, local neighborhood residents, preservationists, fiscal watchdogs, SAF members) are invited to attend.

June 6: Two Primary Goals
1) Information share. Bring all stake holders up to speed on what the school board is trying to do within certain constraints. Includes a presentation on what 21st century learning looks like. The school board will share at least four possible site plans and ask for some feedback on those plans.
2) Open Mic. This will be an opportunity for anyone in the room that wants to share a concern or a position to do so. The goal is to make sure EVERYONE has a chance to be heard.

June 7: Planning
This will be a more controlled group in that the school board wants to make sure every stake holder group has a voice that is heard and no one is significantly over-represented. Attendees will divide up into groups. Each group evaluates the site plans based on a set of criteria, discussing pros and cons. Each group reports on their findings and ranks the plans. Finally, the school board will look for some level of consensus among all groups. Ultimate goal will be to have everyone on the Charette team sign the selected site plan acknowledging they can support that plan.

June 6 will be open to everyone and anyone. June 7 will be open as well but the school board may limit participation so that each group is heard and the process is manageable.