Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Compromise Is Reached over 'Canopy'

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Compromise Is Reached over 'Canopy'

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SARASOTA: A portion of the famed feature will be removed, but much won't

After days of deliberation and at-times spirited negotiation, Ringling College/Sarasota Museum of Art and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation announced a compromise Tuesday regarding the fate of a covered walkway at Sarasota High School.

Under the agreement, about 30 feet of canopy that blocks access to space between the brick schoolhouse, Building 41, and Sarasota High's Building 42 will be removed. This will provide access to the rear of Building 41 for construction trucks, and, after SMOA opens, caterers, loading operations and emergency vehicles.

The westernmost 77 feet, closest to U.S. 41, will remain standing. The SMOA plan originally called for demolishing about 108 feet.

The walkway was designed by noted modernist architect Paul Rudolph in 1960 to connect Sarasota High's collegiate gothic brick building to Rudolph's 1960 addition 500 feet to the east.

"We retained the essence of the Rudolph canopy," Ringling president Larry Thompson said at an afternoon press conference on the site. "We will keep this major part that is next to the old historic high school to be a remembrance of Paul Rudolph, and be the south face of this brand-new museum."

Since the canopy was built, truck access to the building was from the north. But the renovation to Building 41, known as the "old building" after Rudolph's addition was completed, calls for construction of an addition that includes a large elevator, and would significantly narrow the distance between SMOA and Building 42.

"A bunch of us met and put our creative hats on and thought about different ways of solving the problem that we have about access to the rear of the building," Thompson said. "I am excited that we were able to come together and work out a viable, creative design solution for preservation."

"The solution will distinguish the Sarasota community, Ringling College and the museum," SAF board member Dan Snyder said. …

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