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From Disaster to Award-Winning Design

 
 
From Disaster to Award-Winning Design Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
1. From Disaster to Award-Winning Design Marker
Inscription.  On June 17, 1955, a fire "of undetermined origin" raced through several of the attractive, 1949 Spanish-style buildings, including the gift shop, café, and offices. Victor A. Lundy, an architect from Sarasota, was selected to design the new buildings. His design won two awards. The first was in the recreation category sponsored by Progressive Architecture, a national magazine, in 1956. In 1959, he received an Award of Merit in the American Institute of Architects' national competition — the only Florida project to be recognized.

Mr. Lundy served in the U.S. Army as a replacement soldier during World War II, after D-Day in 1944. More interested in architecture and drawing, he said, "I never listened; I was busy sketching." He and eight sketchbooks survived, providing insight into his early skills. The drawings are now part of the Library of Congress.

After the war, Mr. Lundy completed a degree in architecture from Harvard, and in 1954, opened an architectural firm in Sarasota, Florida. He was instrumental in developing a post-war style called "Sarasota Modern," characterized by open interiors, jalousie windows, glass sliding
Marker detail: photos of Victor A. Lundy and his sketches,<br>circa 1944 image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: photos of Victor A. Lundy and his sketches,
circa 1944
doors, vertical and horizontal lines, and geometric shapes. Innovative roof designs with dramatic curves and laminate beams became the distinctive feature of Mr. Lundy's work, most striking in his church designs. His projects can be found around the world and also included the 1966 World's Fair, the IBM headquarters in Cranford, New Jersey, the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce building (now the Visitor Information Center), the Warm Mineral Springs Motel near Venice, Florida, and a furniture showroom in Sarasota for which he received the 1960 Gold Medal for Achievement in the Building Arts.
 
Location. 29° 12.996′ N, 82° 3.188′ W. Marker is in Silver Springs, Florida, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from Northeast 29th Place half a mile south of East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Highway 40). Touch for map. Marker is located in Silver Springs State Park, about 1/10 mile inside the park entrance, near the north end of the Visitor Center Pavilion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Silver Springs FL 34488, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osceola (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Steamboats at the Spring (about 800 feet away); Fort King (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort King Burying Ground
From Disaster to Award-Winning Design Marker (<i>wide view; Visitor Center Pavilion background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 10, 2015
3. From Disaster to Award-Winning Design Marker (wide view; Visitor Center Pavilion background)
(approx. 2.8 miles away); Marion County Confederate Memorial Marker (approx. 3.6 miles away); Ocala (approx. 5.3 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ocala Demands (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Springs.
 
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1. Architect Victor Lundy. In his eight years in Sarasota (1951-1960), he designed some of its most innovative and beautiful buildings—among them St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Bahia Vista Street, with its elegantly swooping roof, the glass-walled South Gate Community Center on Phillippi Creek and the bold, geometric Warm Mineral Springs Motel in North Port. (Submitted on April 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Victor A. Lundy (Wikipedia). Victor Alfred Lundy is an American architect. An exemplar of modernist architecture, he was one of the leaders of the Sarasota School of Architecture. He was honored by the Smithsonian on his 90th birthday in 2013. A film on his life and work, entitled "Victor Lundy: Sculptor of Space" was premiered by the GSA on February 25, 2014. (Submitted on April 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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