Jack West (architect)

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Jack West (1922–2010) was an architect in Sarasota, Florida and briefly in Southern California. West was one of the leaders of the Sarasota School of Architecture.

West was born in Illinois in 1922 and served in the Pacific Ocean with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended Yale University School of Architecture, graduating in 1949. He moved to Sarasota and worked for the firm of Twitchell and Rudolph with Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph as a draftsman and then as an architect. In 1951 West opened his own firm.[1]

From 1953 to 1954 he formed a partnership with Ralph Twitchell. From 1956 to 1960 West formed a partnership with architect Elizabeth Boylston Waters. In 1965 he joined Rolland W. Sellew to do U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development work. In 1966 West partnered with engineer Al Conyers to create the firm of West and Conyers/Architects and Engineers. It lasted into the 1990s.[1]

The Gateway Bank building on Tamiami Trail and Bahia Vista in Sarasota was designed by West. It was renovated and reopened. There was a proposal to demolish it, but it was preserved with support from Kafi Benz and local preservationists. The building's grounds include a sculpture by Jack Cartlidge that was installed when the building was built.

Work[edit]

  • Myrtle West house (1951), built for his mother [2]
  • Knotts Glass House (1952-53), Yankeetown, Florida, with Ralph Twitchell.
  • Hudson House, Venice, Florida (1953), as Twitchell and West
  • Nokomis Beach Pavilion, (1954, renovated 2008), listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Warm Mineral Springs Facilities and Cyclorama, North Port, Florida, (1956)
  • Englewood Elementary School and Fruitville Elementary School Addition (1958), as part of West and Waters in partnership with Bolton McBryde out of Fort Myers, Florida
  • Hilton and Dorothy Leech Art Studio, Sarasota (1960), used today as a residence and known as "The Round House."
  • Tuttle Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida (1960)
  • Courtyard House for Arvida Corporation, Bird Key, Sarasota, Florida (1964) with interior designer Terry Rowe, Homes for Better Living Award winner, published in Architectural Record Houses of 1965.
  • Sarasota City Hall (1965) [3]
  • Municipal Auditorium-Recreation Club renovations, Sarasota, Florida (1970s)
  • First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Manatee County, Sarasota, Florida (1974) - renovated in 2009 by Gateway Bank
  • Public Housing, Venice, Florida (demolished)
  • Hunters Point House, Cortez, Florida

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-13. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ photo of Sarasota City Hall