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MAIN STREET MODERN: RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL

A campaign to save an important mid-century landmark

MAIN STREET MODERN: RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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BACKGROUND

Designed by Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), Riverview High School first welcomed students in 1958. Rudolph was one of the leaders of the Sarasota School of architecture, a regional modern movement focused on designs especially suited for the climatic conditions of Florida’s Gulf Coast. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 2007 WMF supported the efforts of a committee of Sarasota architects to demonstrate the feasibility of preserving and rehabilitating the mid-century building. The result was a design competition organized by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. After the first phase of the competition, WMF provided additional support for the winning entry to be further developed into a viable proposal. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Designed to accommodate the local subtropical environment, the building incorporated design ideas that have attracted renewed interest as concern for climate change has grown. Its significance was demonstrated by the national and international attention that local mobilization was able to attract. (...)