Welcome to the Archives of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. The purpose of this online database is to function as a tool for scholars, students, architects, preservationists, journalists and other interested parties. The archive consists of photographs, slides, articles and publications from Rudolph’s lifetime; physical drawings and models; personal photos and memorabilia; and contemporary photographs and articles.

Unless otherwise noted, all images and drawings are copyright © The Estate of Paul Rudolph and The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. Please speak with a representative of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to get permission to use any drawings or photos. Drawings, sketches and other materials produced by Rudolph’s architectural office at the Library of Congress are maintained there for preservation, but the intellectual property rights belong to the Paul Rudolph Estate and Ernst Wagner, founder of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.

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Address: One Ram Way
City: Sarasota
State: Florida
Zip Code: 33581
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.28305, -82.51815

Type: Academic
Status: Demolished

Date(s): 1957-1958
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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Riverview Junior/Senior High School

  • Riverview High School was one of Paul’s first major public project in Florida.

  • It was a two-story structure which sheltered classroom blocks, a cafeteria and a library, while enclosing an inward focused courtyard which was the central public space. The courtyard had a sky-lighted gymnasium and auditorium on the south, and the administrative block and medical clinic on the west.

  • An angular steel colonnade girded the structure and there was a series of canopies that shaded the east side of the building.

  • Paul had included passive ventilation, natural day lighting and sun-shading plan throughout the structure. Precast concrete sunshades have been placed to shade the exterior of classroom blocks and to protect the spaces from direct solar gain.

  • Major modifications had been made to accommodate air conditioning units.

  • After it was threatened with demolition in 2006, there were several protests by preservationists that captured international attention and it was picked for Florida Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the most endangered historic sites, was nominated for the National Trust for Historic Preservation 2007 list of the America's Most Endangered Places and was on the World Monuments Fund 2008 list of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

  • Despite all the efforts, the school was demolished in June 2009.

Commissioned shortly after the Jewett Arts Center, this represents a return to forms and techniques more familiar and easily manageable. All volumes of spaces have been organized into two intersecting masses which are in turn penetrated vertically and horizontally. Regular structural systems are painted dark-brown, with light brick or glass infilling walls and clear simple geometry. Natural light is shaded and enters the building in many different ways. But alas, it has no sense of the particular uniqueness of the Florida climate.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 58

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions