The career of Sarasota School of architecture legend Victor Lundy will be the focus of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation’s 2016 Sarasota Mod Weekend.
The third-annual celebration of modern architecture will be held Nov. 11-13, with events at Ringling College of Art + Design and trolley tours of Sarasota on the tentative schedule. Tickets will go on sale in mid-August at SAF-SRQ.org.
The opening reception is Friday evening, Nov. 11, at the “Blue Pagoda,” on North Trail at Boulevard of the Arts (cover photo). Lundy, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, designed it in 1956 as the Chamber of Commerce building. Following the reception, a “pop-up” party will be held at the Aloft hotel in downtown Sarasota.
Saturday morning’s events are at Ringling College’s Academic Auditorium, with Sarasota Museum of Art as SAF’s partner/sponsor. Following a continental breakfast and welcoming remarks, the biographical Lundy film “Sculptor of Space” will be presented by its producer, Joan Brierton of the General Services Administration, which owns the Lundy-designed U.S. Tax Court building in Washington, D.C.
A Q&A will follow the screening, followed by a talk by Donna Kacmar, FAIA. She is a professor at the University of Houston and is writing book about Lundy, 93, a resident of the Houston suburb of Bellaire.
A panel presentation on Lundy’s legacy will feature architectural historian C. Ford Peatross, Sarasota architect Frank Folsom Smith and Brierton. Architect-author Chris Domin will moderate.
Trolley tours will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; I am slated to lead a tour each day. Self-guided walking tours are available in Lido Shores on Saturday and Sunday, with six houses open for ticket holders.
A Sunday morning event at the Walker Guest House Replica, on the grounds of The Ringling Museums, will feature a lecture by Domin and architect-author-developer Joe King. The weekend closes with a Sunday night party at the Chapell/Lifeso House on Morningside Drive in Lido Shores.
Lundy’s local landmarks include the Murray Homes building on Osprey Avenue just south of Main Street, St. Paul Lutheran Church on Bahia Vista Street, South Gate Community Center, Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church, all in Sarasota, and the Herron House in Venice.
Lundy is also known for his talent as a fine artist, particularly with watercolors and sketches. He has often said that his preferred method of communication is “drawing, drawing, drawing, all my life.”