SAF is periodically documenting the ongoing rehabilitation progress with photos of the iconic Paul Rudolph‘s Sarasota High School classroom building #4. Harvard Jolly Architects and Tandem Construction has completed the asbestos abatement work and has thoroughly gutted the interior. The concrete shell including the dramatic sunscreens is still intact and the original roof profile has been restored.
See 9-1-12 post regarding the Sarasota County School Board renovation plans and SAF’s recommendations for effective rehabilitation of Paul Rudolph’s Sarasota High School Addition.
This is a wonderful film about Paul Rudolph’s climate sensitive architecture. The film presents a thoughtful evaluation of the ideas Rudolph designed into both Riverview High School (demolished in 2009) and Sarasota High School (under threat 2012) such as day-lighting, natural ventilation, sun-screens, and shade-giving plantings. The present-day Sarasota County School Board would be wise to learn more about the importance of Rudolph’s work.
“Site Specific The Legacy of Regional Modernism”, a film by Metropolis magazine, filmmaker Mark Kohn and producer Eve Dilworth.
The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) steadfastly calls for the Sarasota County School Board…
to officially reaffirm and honor its commitment to preserve the Paul Rudolph Addition at Sarasota High School,
to instruct the recently selected architectural team for the project, Harvard Jolly Architecture, to explore repurposing the Rudolph-designed gym and not demolish it as is now stated in the School Board’s current plan,
to not deface the facade of the iconic Rudolph classroom building by enclosing the breezeways in glass, also included in the School Board’s current plan, and
to provide fees / funds so that the architectural team can explore new options that will honor the Board’s commitment “to establishing this building to its prior prominence.”
Write to the School Board of Sarasota County and voice your concerns about their plans to enclose the breezeways with glass and demolish the gym. Click SHS SOS for more info.