Harvard Jolly Architecture's extensive work modernizing the Paul Rudolph Classroom Building has earned an award by American School & University. Receiving a Citation for Historic Preservation, the 2015 jury noted “Respectful renovation breathes new life into a modernist icon.”
Paul Rudolph’s historic Sarasota High School Classroom Building set the tone for the rest of the accomplished architect’s career. Built on the existing campus in 1959, the exterior modernist design has withstood the test of time. Harvard Jolly's modernization of the 1950’s facility required maintaining the historic aspects of the existing architecture while providing faculty and students with access to the latest technology and educational pedagogy.
Multiple stakeholders held vested and varied interests in the historic icon’s renovation. Extensive design charrettes were held by the design team to achieve consensus from the school district, the residents, historical and architectural foundations and the students.
The restoration of the existing building involved extensive detailed work on the intricate façade with a large effort on preserving the edge of roof details. The open air breezeways were preserved and entryway stairs faithfully reconstructed, all in support of this building becoming the primary entrance for the entire campus. There is a unique but flowing balance between the historic aspects of the architecture and the technology-rich interior educational spaces that students and faculty can appreciate and experience on a daily basis.
Deputy Superintendent Scott Lempe says: “the rehabbed structure is a “win-win” for staff, students and the architecture community.”
“As you walk up to the school today, your arrival experience is very much like it was in 1959,“ Lempe said during a recent tour. “The students of Sarasota High School have the best experience in the county today because of what was done on the inside of the building.”
Sarasota High School Paul Rudolph Classroom Building - Original
Sarasota High School Paul Rudolph Classroom Building - After