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: 1000 South School Avenue
City: Sarasota
State: Florida
Zip Code: 34237
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.32439, -82.52725

Type: Academic
Status: Built

Date(s): 1958-1960
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Architect: Paul Rudolph
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Structural: Sydney Barker


Sarasota High School Addition

  • The distinct folded concrete planes are placed in a coordinated pattern to place emphasis on the play of light and shadow along the facade of the structure.

  • The folded concrete forms provides a large scale visual impact even when viewed from afar. And arranging forms on the basis of light and shade is one of the ways to achieve passive cooling.

  • Paul lifted the roof above the stack of interior corridors, which supplied the space for a line of clerestories, which supplied air ventilation and natural day lighting. And then the roof is connected to the columns that support an array of sunshades.

  • The exterior glass structure was cased with brise-soleil that protected the building from direct heat gain.

  • This project was featured in “Architectural Forum” May 1959, “Progressive Architecture” May 1960, “Architectural Forum” May 1960 and “AIA Journal” May 1962.

This building is intended to suggest the uniqueness of the Florida climate through carefully arranged sun shields and interior ventilating and lighting scopes. Its concrete structural frame is bent in such a way as to create hollow boxes at every bay, thereby accommodating an integral mechanical system. Planes in space which allow the building to be understood from great distances are utilized rather than the linear organizations of earlier buildings. The open-ended aspect of the building allows it to grow: thuse the notion that no building is ever fixed and complete within itself is made clear.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 62
The second Sarasota High School was a move from clear form, from clear structure, from lineal structural elements defining space, to the organization of planes in space. It depends much more on the space and the handling of light, which really meant planes rather than linear elements, which in turn commenced my investigations into scale… I’m affected by everything I see. I make no bones about it. I haven’t invented anything in my life. For instance, the entrance to the Sarasota High School can be traced directly to Corbusier’s High Court Building in Chandigarh.
— Paul Rudolph in Cook, John Wesley. Conversations with Architects : Philip Johnson, Kevin Roche, Paul Rudolph, Bertrand Goldberg, Morris Lapidus, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore, Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown. New York: Praeger, 1973. p. 95

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions