Endangered Structures

Top 10 Most Endangered Sarasota-School Structures (September 2019)

New College Dormitories
I.M. Pei, 1963

General Dougher Place
Sarasota

This group of structures is in disrepair, with most units housing more students than originally planned and some units vacant because they are unlivable.


Hiss Residence
Philip Hiss, 1956

a.k.a. “Bobby Vinton Residence”
1415 Westway Drive

This house, despite many others on Lido Shores that were also built and occupied by Philip Hiss, was the most permanent residence of the Hiss family in the 1950s and 1960s. Its demolition permit was approved by the City of Sarasota in October 2018.


The South Gate Center
Victor Lundy, 1956

(historically listed by Sarasota County)
3145 South Gate Circle
Sarasota

The structure, which includes a pool, was originally intended to be funded by neighborhood subscriptions from the surrounding subdivision, but today can not find/get/entice neighbors to join, leading to a lack in funds to properly maintain the building.


Joe Barth Insurance Co.
Victory Lundy, 1957

25 S. Osprey Avenue
Sarasota

This modest one-story structure sits on prime downtown real estate. It currently has a tenant, but prior to that tenant the owners unsuccessfully attempted to sell the property in combination with neighboring lots to provide a larger property for redevelopment.


Lawyers Professional Building
Frank Folsom Smith, 1961

2051 Main Street
Sarasota

This modest one-story structure was the subject of a failed swap deal in 2015 between its owners and the owners of the parking lot at 20 N. Washington Blvd, two properties west (turning Lawyers Professional Building into a parking lot).


Hiss Studio (Lido Shores Sales Office)
Tim Seibert, 1953
(Addition by Bert Brosmith, 1962)

1310 Westway, Lido Shores
Sarasota

The property is likely to go on the market in the near future, but it is not currently protected by local, state, or national historical designation, so its long-term prospects are uncertain.


Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Jack West, 1969

1552 2nd Street
Sarasota

This building suffers commercially from its location. Ideally, a non-commercial tenant/owner could be found to maintain its bold vision and Sarasota-School credentials.


Healy Guest House (“Cocoon House”)
Ralph Twitchell & Paul Rudolph, 1950

(historically listed by The City of Sarasota)
3575 Bayou Louise Lane
Siesta Key, Sarasota

Although recently renovated by the SAF and leased by them through April 2020, the long-term status of the structure is unknown.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Taliesen Associated Architects, 1969
(successor firm to Frank Lloyd Wright)

777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota

Although currently remaining in the Bayfront Plan proposed by Sasaki Associates, a new center on the site will operate in its place, calling into question the exact form and use of the existing structure. A “ghost frame” in the shape of the existing building has even been proposed.


Sullivan Residence
Architect Unknown, 1940
Client: baseball player Billy Sullivan

2025 Oak Street
Sarasota

This house is one of the few remaining Art Deco / Streamline Moderne examples in Sarasota, especially residential. It has been vacant for about 15 years and was rumored to start demolition in 2016, but it remains standing, although with boarded-up windows and doors.