Connoisseurship Series: Restoring a Masterpiece, Greg Hall & Robert Essner

Join architect Greg Hall and Umbrella House owner Robert Essner as they lead us through the intricate process of restoring this Modern masterpiece.

Thursday 30 November 5:30pm
The Works, 891 South Tamiami Trail
$10 admission; Free for Museum donors and Ringling College students, faculty & staff
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The Umbrella House
The Umbrella House
The Umbrella House is an icon of residential architecture designed by Paul Rudolph. Built as a “spec” house in 1953, it is representative of southwest Florida’s post-World War II design movement, colloquially known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Named for its distinctive parasol louvered shading structure, the design is indicative of the innovative passive energy systems employed by architects in the days before central cooling became standard. The structure had been compromised during a hurricane, and needed to be brought to current code, ensuring a myriad of challenging conservation, restoration and connoisseurship decisions that appropriately balance design intent, budgetary realities and safety issues. Hall and Essner will share their creative process with us, through this intimate, behind-the-scenes examination of “Restoring a Masterpiece.”


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The Works, 891 South Tamiami Trail

BOOK SIGNING WITH SARASOTA ARCHITECT CARL ABBOTT FAIA

Friday, March 29, 2013 (2pm-5pm)
Barnes and Noble, Sarasota

The work of locally-rooted Architect Carl Abbott FAIA has been published by ORO Editions internationally in a 256-page hard-cover book full of breath-taking photography of selected projects from the Architect’s repertoire.

Friday, March 29, 2013 (2pm-5pm)
Barnes and Noble, Sarasota

Internationally noted Architect Carl Abbott will sign books on his work at the Sarasota Barnes and Noble Friday March 29, 2013 from 2 ‘til 5 pm.

published by O R O Editions
published by O R O Editions

In/Formed By the Land, features the award-winning Architecture of modernist Carl Abbott melding his interests in ancient design concepts, sculptural forms, and the ever- changing dance of light and Nature.

The work of locally-rooted Architect Carl Abbott FAIA has been published by ORO Editions internationally in a 256-page hard-cover book full of breath-taking photography of selected projects from the Architect’s repertoire. Friday March 29th, the Architect will be at the Sarasota Barnes and Noble at 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231, to sign books and speak with fans interested in modern architecture and its local roots in the Sarasota School of Architecture. Abbott’s book ‘IN/FORMED by the LAND: The Architecture of Carl Abbott’ has just been released and will be available for sale at the event.

Abbott received his degree from UF and his Masters Master’s under Paul Rudolph at Yale then worked in Hawaii, in New York with I.M. Pei, and in London with Yale classmates Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He became part of the recognized Sarasota School of Architecture — for over four decades the firm has been one of the most highly awarded in the Florida /Caribbean Region.

Sarasota Barnes and Noble at 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

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SAF Lecture Series: Paul Rudolph

Thursday, January 10, 2013 (5:30 – 8pm)
Presented by Sarasota School of Architecture

Lecture about architect Paul Rudolph and the Sarasota School of Architecture presented by architect Gregory Hall, AIA, president of Hall Architects, PA.

Rudolph_Umbrella House_1953 The lecture will trace Rudolph’s career from his earliest works for local architect Ralph Twitchell to his departure from Sarasota to become the Chairman of the Department of Architecture at Yale University. During the span of only 12 years, Rudolph’s work evolved from being simple regional derivatives of European modern architectural archetype to become some of the most sophisticated examples of modern architecture constructed during the post-World War 2 period. Rudolph is widely considered to among the most influential architects of the 20th century.

5 – 5:30pm Check-in
5:30 – 7pm Presentation, Q&A
7 – 8pm Reception

Suggested Donation:
$10 SAF Members
$15 Non-Members
$5 Students with ID

Advance reservations recommended
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Questions: 941-364-2199

Sarasota Herald Tribune Community Room, 1714 Main Street Sarasota, FL 34236

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IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott

June 29-August 3, 2012
Selby Gallery – For the past four decades Carl’s Sarasota Architectural office has been one of the most highly awarded firms in the Florida / Caribbean region. As its youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, he has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

June 29-August 3, 2012
Selby Gallery – Ringling College of Art and Design

Selby Galleries I & II: Featuring selections from architect Carl Abbott’s award-winning work; who, as the youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

Opening reception: Fri., June 29, 5 – 7 p.m.
Director’s Tour: Mon., July 9, 11:30 a.m.
Bus tour and Exhibition reception: Sat., July 14, 1-5 p.m., $15/person; limited seating, please register by July 10.

[Carl Abbott] For the past four decades Carl’s Sarasota Architectural office has been one of the most highly awarded firms in the Florida / Caribbean region. As its youngest and last remaining member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, he has carried on its traditions while also incorporating his own unique design concepts.

Carl Abbott grew up in a small town in coastal Georgia where his world was Nature — later Architecture became his focus. He studied at the University of Florida under Buckminster Fuller then received his Master’s from Yale with studies under Paul Rudolph and Luis Kahn. He has worked in Hawaii, in New York with I.M. Pei, and in London with classmates Lord Richard Rogers and Lord Norman Foster.

Carl is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The University of Florida honored him as a Distinguished Architectural Alumnus. The Florida / Caribbean AIA selected him to receive the Medal of Honor for Design and also selected his office to receive the Architectural Firm Honor Award. IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott is the first book exclusively on Abbott’s design process and architecture. It will be published this year by ORO Publications. For more information go to: www.carlabbott.com.

QUOTES:

Paul Rudolph
‘In Abbott’s work the balancing of solids to voids and the flow of space horizontally and vertically is handled in a architecturally remarkable way.’

Lord Norman Foster
‘Carl Abbott’s work is a rare and impressive combination of architectural clarity and humanistic warmth. Quality is a mark of his total commitment and dedication to Architecture and its process. The ultimate complement is that Carl’s Architecture has a sense of timelessness.’

Robert McCarter
‘Carl Abbott has practiced his craft with a consistency of aesthetic elegance and experiential quality unparalleled by almost any other architect of his generation. Abbott is closer in spirit to the early modern artists and architects of the DeStijl movement—Mondrian, Van Doesburg, and Rietveld—than anyone practicing
today.’

Lord Norman Foster is recognized as one of the most innovative architects of our time. He has received the Pritzker Prize, the RIBA Gold Medal, the Stirling Prize, the AIA Gold Medal along with numerous other awards. His best known projects are the Hearst Tower in New York, the Great Court in the British Museum, the Hong Kong and Beijing Airports and the soon to be constructed Apple Headquarters in California.

Robert McCarter is an architectural historian, author, architect and Professor of Architecture. He has written books on Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn and Alvar Aalto. He was Assistant Dean of Architecture at Columbia University, Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Florida, visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome.

[IN / FORMED BY THE LAND – The Architecture of Carl Abbott, ORO Publications] Focusing on Carl Abbott’s custom tropical residences, this book presents a unique way of experiencing modern architecture. Abbott’s work has a timeless modern quality, yet is also strongly informed by his experience of the sacred architecture of ancient Egyptians and Mayans in the manner in which it responds to the land and the movement of the sun and stars. The spaces Abbott sculpts, both inside out, are designed to focus on Nature, making buildings that transcend.

Large images give viewers a strong sense of experiencing the humanistic Architecture with its connection to the land. The book also illustrates the design process Abbott has developed by which the building forms evolve from the land itself. Working closely with photographers and designers, the architect was careful in the planning of this book to ensure it conveyed the experience of moving through the highly choreographed spaces he designed. This book presents works, which span the decades of his career, and shows a range of works including affordable residences, large private estates, as well as inspired spiritual spaces.

[Bus Tour] Sat., July 14, 1-5 p.m., followed by reception in Selby Gallery until 6 pm and optional visit to Carl Abbott’s Studio Office
The tour bus will leave Selby Gallery at 1:00 pm; participants will travel in comfort on a modern coach to visit three of Carl Abbott’s projects with Mr. Abbott’s as guide: The Artist Family Compound; the former Summerhouse; and the Dolphin House. In addition he will direct drive-bys of several of his other projects. The tour will return to Selby Gallery by 5 pm where participants can enjoy refreshments and the viewing the work in the exhibition until 6 pm. Following the reception, participants may visit Mr. Abbott’s studio Office just a few blocks away on their own. Cost: $15/person; deadline to register: Tuesday, July 10.

[SELBY GALLERY HOURS] May – August: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

[CONTACT US]
Phone: 941.359.7563 or 941.351.5100
Email: selby@ringling.edu
Web: www.ringling.edu/selbygallery
[LOCATION] Selby Gallery is located on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus, one-half block east of 2700 N. Tamiami Trail on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way in Sarasota.
[ABOUT SELBY GALLERY] All Selby Gallery exhibitions and presentations (and most of our special events) are free and open to the public.


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County to dedicate historical marker at Riverview High School

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011
Riverview High School

The Sarasota County Historical Commission will recognize Riverview High School with the dedication of a new historical marker at the school at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4. Riverview High School is located at 1 Ram Way, on the southwest corner of Proctor Road and Lords Avenue, in Sarasota.

The marker will recognize the historical significance of the original Riverview High School, which opened in 1958 and was designed by noted architect Paul Rudolph. The original Riverview High School consisted of modern steel and glass structures set among tall native pines in one of Sarasota’s then developing suburbs. With its distinctive design, the school helped define a sense of community in this neighborhood during its 50 years of existence. Rudolph left Sarasota in 1957, the same year that he designed Riverview High School, to accept an appointment to lead the architecture school at Yale University.

The historical marker for Riverview High School was requested and funded by the Sarasota County School Board and school district administration. The marker text was prepared by architect and Rudolph scholar Joseph King. The original structures that comprised Riverview High School, much altered over time, were demolished in 2009 to make way for a school that could accommodate 21
st Century educational requirements.

“This marker for the original Riverview High School is particularly significant as it is the first historical marker dedicated for a post World War II architectural resource,” said Lorrie Muldowney, historic preservation specialist with the Sarasota County History Center. “Rudolph influenced many of his younger colleagues in Sarasota, a remarkable group of designers that collectively became known as
the Sarasota School of Architecture.”

Members of the Sarasota County Historical Commission will dedicate the marker along with representatives of Sarasota County government and the Sarasota County School Board. The marker dedication is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.