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Iconic Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Makes '11 to Save' List for Historic Preservation in Florida

Aug 1, 2023

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which opened in 1970, has been named to a list of 11 Florida buildings to save by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Sarasota's beloved Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, renowned for its iconic shell-shaped design and unique purple hue, has been thrust into the spotlight after being included in Florida's prestigious '11 to Save' list by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The accolade marks a pivotal moment in the hall's history, as it gains access to the '11 to Save Grant Fund,' aimed at bolstering support for endangered historic sites. With plans for a new performing arts center underway, the future of the Van Wezel has been a subject of intense discussion, sparking fervent efforts by the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation to protect and repurpose this cultural gem. As the city-appointed panel takes up the challenge of determining its alternative uses and restoration costs, the Van Wezel stands as a symbol of Sarasota's vibrant arts scene and cherished heritage, its fate now more crucial than ever."

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