Save the Rudolph Canopy Walkway @ SMOA

3-28 Statement by Ringling College

“Dr. Thompson is optimistic that there may be a solution that satisfies the needs of SMOA and the interests of SAF and its members,” according to a statement released by Ringling College.

“Although there is no definitive agreement at this time, discussion is ongoing and a decision will be made early next week following further research and deliberation.”

3-27-15 Statement by Ringling College and Sarasota Architectural Foundation to Study Plan to Preserve Paul Rudolph-Designed Canopy at the Sarasota Museum of Art

Ringling College of Art and Design president Dr. Larry R. Thompson announced today that there was an early morning meeting with architect Carl Abbott, FAIA, and delegates of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) and Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA) builder David Sessions of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. to explore ideas for the preservation of the 1960’s era Paul Rudolph-designed canopy adjoining the historic 1920’s Sarasota High School Building.

3-26-15 Statement by the Ringling College of Art + Design

"Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry Thompson met with Carl Abbott and leadership of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation this morning on site at SMOA. The decision was made by Dr. Thompson to delay canopy removal for two days. Architects and contractors for SMOA and SAF will meet during this period to explore potential solutions to determine whether the canopy can be preserved."

3-27-15, Herald-Tribune, by Harold Bubil
Ringling Still Studying Rudolph Walkway Options

3-26-15, Herald-Tribune, by Harold Bubil
SHS Canopy Demolition is Delayed

3-26-15, Your Observer, by Nick Reichert
A Canopy Too Far: An Architectural Impasse

3-25-15, Herald-Tribune, by Harold Bubil
SHS Canopy Still Standing: SAF Plans Rally for Thursday

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:00 pm

SAF Film @ Burns Court
Mon Oncle

Public $15
SAF Member $10
Student $5

Register, buy tickets in advance

Questions, RSVP:, 941-364-2199
Thank you to our sponsor, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Sponsor

otaMOD 2014 was a phenomenal success!
A sincere “thank you” to all who attended the presentations, parties and tours, to the dedicated MOD
SQUAD volunteers, and especially to our generous sponsors. Only the most extraordinary team effort could make
this happen…and it did. Sa
rasota’s midcentury architecture is truly fortunate to have such dedicated and passionate supporters. And there’s more to come next year. See you at MOD 2015!

SarasotaMOD Weekend The inaugural four-day SarasotaMOD Weekend 2014architectural festival, presented by SAF, featured modernist architects including
Lawrence Scarpa, Gene Leedy, Tim Seibert, Carl Abbott, Frank Folsom Smith, John Howey, Joe King, Joyce Owens, Sean Khorsandi, Dan Webre, critic and filmmaker Alastair Gordon, journalists Harold Bubil and Jeff LaHurd, preservationist Christine French and landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Guided trolley, boat and walking tours explored Sarasota’s midcentury legacy by land and sea. Festive parties were held at the Sarasota Yacht Club, The Ringling Museum's Cá d'Zan terrace and Paul Rudolph's Sanderling Beach Club. 

Thank You to Our SarasotaMOD Sponsors

May 15, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 SAF - Paul Rudolph Scholarship Recipients

The $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Katelynn Smith, a 3rd-year student at the University of Florida
School of Architecture and a graduate of Bayshore High School.

The $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth King, a first year student at the University of Florida
School of Architecture and a graduate of Sarasota Military Academy.

A reception will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014.

May 13, 2014
The Walker Guest House fundraising party, graciously hosted by Dan Denton
and Ramses Serrano, raised $17,371.00. Thank you Rebecca Donelson, Susan McLeod,
Shawn Pierson, Greg and Patricia Reinhart, Felice Schulaner, Clifford and Susan Walters, John Mason, James and Patricia Lombard, Flora Major and Charles Huisking, Jr. and Lillian Huisking Donor Advised Fund for their generous donations.

May 6 - 7, 2014
During The 2014 Giving Challenge, 20 donors contributed $8,450.00, enabling SAF to continue building Sarasota's renowned architectural legacy.
Thank you to the Charlotte and Charles Perret Family Fund, Rhoda Beningson, Jarred Wilson, Julie Brogan, Marsha Roth, Wendy Hacker, Dukeana Touchton, Norman Hervieux, Jane and Rick Fine, Lynn Meyer, Trevor Cramer, Allan Hing, Christine French, Maxine Corbett, Janet Minker, Elliott Himelfarb, Debra Ahmari, Christopher Wilson, Michael Bush and Dan Snyder.

The 2014 Giving Challenge is made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Charlotte Community Foundation.

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27 - SMOA / Ringling College of ART + Design Delay Removal of Historic Paul Rudolph-designed Canopy Walkway


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7:00 pm, Burns Court Cinema

23 - Lecture: Modernism for the Masses
5:30 pm, Herald-Tribune, 1741 Main Street

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