Ringling, SAF promote local architecture


The Sarasota Architectural Foundation discovered something about Sarasota: After decades as a seasonal town, it has become a year-round city.

Enough people are still here, in August, no less, to make it worthwhile for the SAF to put on architecture events. It held an open house last Sunday at the Tim Seibert-designed Cooney House on St. Armands Key, and 138 people showed up.  SAF enrolled 14 new members that day.

Knowing a good thing when it sees it, the SAF leadership has two luncheons scheduled this month, tied in to architecture events put on by the Ringling Museum as part of its "Collecting Recollections" series.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, architect John Howey will be the guest of honor at a luncheon at Treviso restaurant on the grounds of the Ringling Museum.

Historical photo of the Banyan Cafe. (Courtesy photo / Ringling Museums of Art)

Historical photo of the Banyan Cafe. (Courtesy photo / Ringling Museums of Art)

The luncheon follows a presentation at 10:30 p.m., featuring an interview with Howey, a Tampa architect and author of "The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966," in the Historic Asolo Theater. Howey will be interviewed by the Ringling's Maureen Zaremba.

Then on Aug. 27, same times and places, Seibert is the interview guest and luncheon star.

Reservations are limited. Luncheon tickets are $25. Information: SarasotaArchitecturalFoundation.org.

The Ringling Museum currently has a gallery dedicated to an exhibit on the Sarasota School of Architecture.

The 60-plus-acre Ringling campus has its own "Sarasota school" structure, the Banyan Café. It is featured in the SSA focus gallery.

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