Sarasota News Leader

02/15/2013

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PRESSING THE POINT Sarasota architect Paul Rudolph, who was an internationally recognized member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, designed Building 4 at Sarasota High School in the late 1950s. Photo by Norman Schimmel THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSION URGES THE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD TO PRESERVE ���SIGNIFICANT CHARACTER-DEFINING ELEMENTS��� IN A SARASOTA HIGH BUILDING By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor At the request of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation [SAF], the Sarasota County Commission voted 4-1 Feb. 13 to send a letter to the Sarasota County School Board asking it to direct its architect to amend renovation plans for the interior of Sarasota High School Building 4 to preserve original elements designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph. ements which are: (i) the floating walkway, (ii) linear light wells and, (iii) the steel door frames.��� It adds, ���We believe that involvement of the School Board���s preservation architect and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation in the design process is essential to the successful implementation of an appropriate rehabilitaChairwoman Carolyn Mason cast the ���No��� tion.��� vote, saying she could not support CommisIn making his mosioner Joe Barbetta���s tion, Barbetta said he motion to send the correspondence. I voted against [sending the letter] thought the letter was because I believe the School Board has ���pretty straightforThe letter seeks a reworked with the [Sarasota] Architectural ward.��� design of the Building Foundation to address the concerns. County Administrator 4 interior that ���would incorporate and rehaRandall Reid said he Carolyn Mason Chairwoman bilitate the significant preferred to have MaCounty Commission character-defining elson sign the letter. ���I

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