Tuesday, April 14, 2009
We've spoken to an architect in Florida who says the demolition of Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School is slated for June or July, unless someone can send "lawyers, guns and money" (anyone know that song?)
The school closes for students in May, and they need to get the furniture and fixtures out and do an asbestos test before they can begin to take it down.
You can see photos of the building that is replacing it here. Paul Rudolph's famed structure is going to be razed to make way for a parking lot for this monstrosity.
We've also received emails from past students who are going to be walking through the school for one last time before its torn down. With luck, we'll fly down to take one first (and last) look to see the place and take photos.
Apparently there is still affection for the building by people who remember it before the administration decided to let the building fall apart in order to prove they needed a bigger facility.
Diane Lewis, who submitted a proposal to save the building, is still working to raise the estimated $250,000 to halt the demolition. If anyone has an idea where this can come from, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put you in touch.