Floridasnapshot.com wrote an article over the weekend about the pending demolition of Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School. As we've mentioned on the blog before, the school has been slated for demolition by the local school board to make way for a parking lot.
The article notes that current and former students will be meeting at the building on May 23rd for a "goodbye party," during which tours of the building will be given. If you can't make the trip to see it then, you will still have a few months until the structure gets razed after classes let out for the Summer.
The building bacame the subject of an intense preservation effort over the past year, with recognition of its significance coming from preservation groups, the media and online blogs. The World Monuments Fund even listed it as one of the most threatened buildings of 2008.
A plan put together by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation failed to convince School Board members, who saw the need for more parking over restoring the building that originally brought international acclaim to the rural town upon its opening in 1958.
We suggest Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi would be a good song to play at the goodbye party, assuming it wouldn't fall on deaf ears:
Don't it always seem to go
That you dont know what you've got
Till its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot.