Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Save Riverview Efforts Continue

The following was sent to all the AIA Florida members yesterday:

The SAVE Riverview Committee in Sarasota continues its efforts to preserve a school that has set a standard for architecture in Florida. Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School is important to Sarasota's history and a significant part of the architectural legacy of American buildings, as well as an international landmark of 20th century architecture.

The Committee has received support from many members of the community, state and nation.

The National AIA Board of Directors has drafted and submitted a resolution to "...request that the Sarasota County School Board rescind its previous vote to demolish the original Paul Rudolph Riverview High School buildings and direct their architects to make a thorough and accurate evaluation of rehabilitating the historic buildings and incorporating them into the new school design."

Additionally, all state legislators have been asked to support the rehabilitation of this landmark. Several have or are in the process of sending letters and expressing their concerns about losing such a historic building, including Riverview High School graduate Rep. Gayle Harrell (R) Port St. Lucie.

AIA Florida's Efforts
AIA Florida continues the effot in conjunction with the SAVE Riverview Committee, the AIA Gulf Coast Component and AIA at the national and international levels. Read the AIA Florida Resolution

You Can Help
Please write letters to the Sarasota School Board and contact any state legislators in your area. Please provide copies of all correspondence to Michele Straw at

School Board Contact
Chair Dr. Carol Todd
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34231

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