John McAslan has issued a plea to the board of Riverview High School, Sarasota, Florida not to demolish Paul Rudolph’s iconic building this summer
Earlier this month the Sarasota County School Board approved funds to demolish the 1958 structure this summer. It is set to be replaced by a 1,000 space car park.
In 2007, John McAslan + Partners won an international design competition with a view to reusing the school within the site’s overall redevelopment. This was subsequently rejected by the board, however in favour of the second place entry, which looked to refit Rudolph’s building as a stand alone musical academy.
‘I always felt this alternative was - sadly - doomed to fail given its requirements for significant external funding and regrettably this would appear to be the case,’ said McAslan. ‘Isn’t there anything more that can be done to save this landmark building? Surely North America’s architects should be united in their condemnation of the School Board’s actions.’
In 2008 John McAslan urged the state governor of Florida to intervene in a bid to save the seminal project from demolition, following the Sarasota County School Board’s rejection of a £25 million rescue plan, claiming it lacked a ‘credible’ funding package.