Sarasota News Leader

01/25/2013

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PLEAS FOR PRESERVATION The Paul Rudolph-designed Building No. 4 at Sarasota High School is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE SCHOOL BOARD AGREES TO TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT SAVING PART OF THE INTERIOR OF A PAUL RUDOLPH BUILDING AT SARASOTA HIGH SCHOOL By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The chairwoman of the Sarasota County School Board says district staff will work with representatives of local architectural firms and preservationists on a way to try to save at least part of the interior of a Paul Rudolph-designed building at Sarasota High School. Although School Board members said earlier this month they did not plan to accommodate requests to preserve the interior of the building, designed in 1958 by the world-renowned architect, Jane Goodwin told the approximately 60 people attending the Jan. 18 Convocation of Governments at Sarasota County Technical Institute that she had met on Jan. 15 with Sarasota Architectural Foundation board members and "discussed going back to the drawing board …" The discussion was not on the agenda for the convocation — which included representatives from all the county's municipalities and the County Commission — but three people who spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting pleaded with the School Board to save the interior of Building 4 at Sarasota High. Architect Carl Abbott of Sarasota, who has been in practice about 46 years, pointed out that Building 4 "is one of the most important buildings in the South in terms of architectural integrity …"

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