Plymouth Harbor

At the time this structure was built, it was the tallest in Sarasota, and according to lead architect Frank Folsom Smith, it prompted the City of Sarasota to limit the height of buildings to 25 stories.
Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider
Plymouth Harbor
Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider
Plymouth Harbor
The building was constructed as a retirement community by the First Congregational Church of Sarasota. What looks at first to be a typical vertical shaft of floor-upon-floor on the outside is actually broken up inside by a series of three-story atriums, nine in total, nicknamed “colonies.” Upon closer examination, this can be seen on the exterior when the horizontal members corresponding to each colony are slightly recessed.

Awards

The building was awarded a “Test of Time” Award in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects.

Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider
Plymouth Harbor
Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider, Photo: Sarasota Magazine
Plymouth Harbor
Photo: Sarasota Magazine

Architect

Frank Folsom Smith
and Louis F. Schneider
1966

Frank Folsom Smith is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has made an indelible mark on Sarasota’s cityscape. Smith was at the leading edge of retirement center design with Plymouth Harbor, which received the FAAIA Honor and the Test of Time awards.

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