Abbott to discuss Sarasota School of Architecture and its international impact

March 7, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

STAFF REPORT – Sarasota architect Carl Abbott’s international architectural recognition began with homes he designed in Boca Grande. The homes he designs are among the most highly awarded in Florida and the Caribbean. Presented by the Boca Grande Historical Society on March 9 at 2 p.m. live via Zoom, Abbott will discuss the Sarasota School of Architecture of the 1950s and how this movement, through Yale University, Paul Rudolph and others, has informed the architecture of the modern world, both in the U.S. and internationally. The program is sponsored by Hazeltine Nurseries and will include time for questions and answers. The Zoom link will be sent to all registrants on Monday, March 8. The program is free.
Abbott received his master’s degree from Yale under the tutelage of Paul Rudolph who also had his architect beginnings in Sarasota. Island resident, architect and member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, the late Tim Seibert, remembered that both he and Rudolph were drawn to mid-twentieth century Sarasota because something new was happening there, new ideas about the direction of architecture and its possibilities. The availability of new materials and technologies made it possible to realize new approaches to architecture.
After Yale, Abbott worked in London, New York and Honolulu and ultimately opened his office in Sarasota, becoming the youngest member and now the spokesman for the Sarasota School.  He says that “good architecture makes you see the world in a different way.  It’s about making spaces that transcend.” Projects done or influenced by the Sarasota School of Architecture include residences, churches, Sarasota High School and the Beijing airport.
To attend Abbott’s presentation, register at the Boca Grande Historical Society website <bocagrandehistoricalsociety.com>, by email kkyle@leegov.com or by phoning the History Center at 964-1600.