Old High School, New Museum


It's been said that years ago, the reverence for public schools was so great, they were built to resemble churches. Few schools are left that evoke that feeling of a higher purpose. But take a few steps away from Tamiami Trail, and the soaring arches and gothic towers of Sarasota High School beckon.

An architectural father-and-son team has a unique assignment - resuscitating a building that hasn't seen a high school student for 11 years.

Alarm bells had been rung that the building could be demolished, so a plan was hatched by the Ringling School of Art and Design. If it works, Javier and Javi Suarez will transform it into a contemporary art museum, alongside art classrooms.

Now, it's up the public to contribute.

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