Sarasota Alliance For Historic Preservation

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Bus Tour - Florida Southern College
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November 9, 2014 - Tickets are $75.00 each, and includes bus transportation from Sarasota and lunch in one of the historic buildings.

Please join the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation as we present a day bus tour at Florida Southern College to view the architectural masterpieces of Frank Lloyd Wright located in Lakeland, Florida. This site is the largest assembly of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. Envisioning buildings rising “out the ground, and into the light, a child of the Sun” Frank Lloyd Wright designed a master plan that would become his largest project of his career that is still intact. The buildings are constructed using glass, steel and Florida sand producing a most unique experience with the use of natural light and colored glass.

Mr. Mark R. Tlachac will lead the tour into all the historic Wright buildings. He is the director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor’s Center at Florida Southern College. He will also allow us to view the inside of one of Wright's small “Usonian Houses” that was recently constructed exactly from the original designs for the college. All these structures are a national treasure and makes for a wonderful adventure that takes most of the day.

The bus will leave from the front of Municipal Auditorium next to the Sarasota Art Center. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. and load, leaving at 9:00 a.m. Tour before lunch, have a sandwich buffet in the Frank Lloyd Wright library, tour after lunch and spend 30 minutes in the gift shop. Load to return at 2:30 p.m. and arrive home at 4:00 p.m. Purchase tickets through Paypal on the right sidebar, or send checks to: Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation, PO Box 1754, Sarasota, Florida, 34230.

 

The Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain and Reflection Pool

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We are pleased to announce the completion of construction on the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain in Luke Wood Park. Seventy seven years after the site’s birth the water is once again flowing and new multicolored lights celebrate Mable’s memory.

Through the generous support of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and the collaborative spirit of The Ringling new life has been given to a historic treasure and a public space enlivened. Steven High, Executive Director of The Ringling stated, “I congratulate the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation for their completion of the Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain. The Ringling Museum was honored to partner with the Alliance to provide support for their restoration of this Memorial Fountain that was originally established in 1936 to honor Mable’s efforts in the beautification of the Sarasota community. I commend the Alliance for the hard work and dedication necessary to restore this important reminder of our community’s history.”

The Selby Foundation grant funded the major construction for the basin. The Ringling collaboration allowed our organization access to an original sculpture for casting the fountain centerpiece. Ringling also shared their relationship with Florida State University Master Craftsman Studios. Phil Gleason, Studio Manager, documented his students restoring and casting the centerpiece for the fountain and used cutting edge 3-D imaging to recreate the bowl which sits atop the ‘Cluster of Boys.’ Around the perimeter is a ring of ‘Myakka bog iron’ rock. These are original to the fountain and were carefully saved during the excavation. The lions guarding the fountain entrance, originally bequeathed by John Ringling to the project were kindly returned from J.D. Hamel Park to their original place with the permission of The Sarasota County Veterans Commission.

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County's support through the John Ringling Towers Grant for Historic Preservation funded the landscaping. The design was provided by board member Martha Horton, retired landscape architect in collaboration with the Sarasota Garden Club. The landscape, irrigation and walkway installation was done by Diaz Landscape Maintenance with plant material donated by Robert Albritton of Albritton's Nursery. Fundraising will continue to provide historical markers in honor of Mable Ringling and Luke Wood.

Other important contributors are the Sarasota Garden Club, the Senior Friendship Center, Charles Stottlemyer, Jesse White of Sarasota Architectural Salvage, Paver Development, Betsy Bagby, Nancy & David Morgan, Ginger Sutton and over one hundred other individuals and companies who have given their time and money to help make this project a reality.

The fountain’s importance lies in its inception. Mable Ringling was the first President of Sarasota's Founder's Circle, and after her death in 1929, the Sarasota Federation of Garden Circles decided to honor Ringling’s service with a memorial fountain and reflection pool. The fountain tribute was placed in Luke Wood Park in 1936. After World War II, the memorial fountain fell into disrepair from lack of maintenance funding. The fountain was subsequently filled with dirt and abandoned in the early 1950s.

In 2011, the Alliance received permission for the Sarasota City Commission to renovate the fountain. Working from archival images the excavation began on August 30, 2012. With the expert craftsmanship of Rob Craft, the artistry of Pearse Kelly of Splash Mosaics and many volunteer hours from the Sarasota Military Academy cadets, their families, and community friends, the fountain has been restored to its former glory. Some cosmetic work remains such as landscaping, extended shell walkways and commemorative marker that will be installed in early 2014.

The project has not relied on taxpayer funds, but solely on donations, grants and in-kind contributions of services, equipment, expertise and supplies. This project is, as it was originally, an act of collaboration and community effort. The unsung heroes here are the tradesmen, city staff and board members who have worked together with creative thinking, out of the box solutions and persistence of vision. The Sarasota Alliance thanks you all for your help in bringing this asset to the people of Sarasota. Please stop by, enjoy the fountain, and think about what is possible in this incredible historic park.

To view the timeline of the fountain's renovation progress from start to finish, take a few minutes and enjoy this remarkable journey!

 

 

Recent Media Coverage about Mable Ringling Memorial Fountain

Preservation Magazine

Observer, September, 2012

Observer, June, 2013

ABC -7 News

 

 

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright Bus Tour - November 9, 2014 - Please join us on this exciting bus tour to see Frank Lloyd Wright's remarkable architecture in Lakeland , Florida. The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m., and returns at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included in the price.

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We offer three different tour options every year. Our Annual Bus Tour takes you on professionally guided tour past significant homes, buildings and structures with an architectural theme that changes annually. Our Annual Homes Tour changes location every year and offers remarkable homes for you to visit, explore, learn about their history, and appreciate how people do an outstanding job of preservation.

Preservation Opportunities consists of homes or buildings chosen to highlight the risk of them being demolished. You will hear professional preservationists and architects present the history of the structure and offer ways to save it from the wrecking ball. Refreshments are served and it affords you an excellent opportunity to get involved with preservation.

 

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