Save a Masterpiece of Modern Architecture!
On June 17, 2008, the Sarasota School Board voted 3-2 to demolish Riverview High School, an iconic example of the Sarasota School of Architecture designed by Modernist architect Paul Rudolph.
The school district plans to replace Rudolph's building with a parking lot. Despite preservationists' pleas and a viable strategy to convert the historic structure into the Riverview Music Quadrangle, the school board has failed to act in the best interest of Sarasota's architectural heritage.
Please ask the school board to rethink its decision and save this masterpiece of Modern architecture from the wrecking ball!
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Dear Sarasota School Board,
I understand that Riverview High School in Sarasota, an icon of Modern architecture by Paul Rudolph, is to be razed and replaced with a parking lot. This decision is disappointing, especially given that a feasible alternative was proposed.
This building represents a style of architecture specific to an era of American history and specific to Sarasota, and as such, must be preserved. Despite an outcry from around the world, you, as community leaders, have chosen to disregard the significance of this important building.
Modern architecture is an essential legacy of the 20th century and I would like to see it preserved for future generations to admire and study. Please reconsider your decision to demolish this great Modern masterpiece.