Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mollie Cardamone Speaks About SAVE Riverview

In August 1958 I was a first year teacher at the brand new beautiful Riverview High School. What a thrill it was to be a part of the founding faculty of what is today recognized as a premier high school in the nation.

As Sarasota is a relatively young community it is especially necessary to save public buildings that reflect our history. The beautiful restored County Court House, the City Auditorium, the Federal Building, and the recent vote to give the old red brick Sarasota High School building a new life are among the many other fine examples of preservation that make us all proud of our heritage.

I have appreciated the work our school boards (past and present) have done to restore or rehabilitate historic school buildings in our county such as Southside, Bay Haven and others. I now only hope they will see the value in continuing the use of the widely acclaimed Paul Rudolph designed Riverview High School building. It must be saved as a prime example of the Sarasota School of Architecture. The history of modern American architecture identifies Riverview High School as a prominent building and we, the citizens of Sarasota, should value the structure for what it is.

SAVE RIVERVIEW, it is an important icon of our community for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.

Mollie C Cardamone,
Faculty member of RHS 1958-1962
and former Mayor City of Sarasota

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