The original Selby Public Library, a.k.a. G.WIZ building is under threat of imminent demolition.
We are asking the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Bayfront Planning Organization (SBPO) for an appropriate evaluation of this architecturally significant building to determine if repurposing it is in the best interest of the citizens of Sarasota.
The original Selby Public Library was designed by master architect Walter Netsch in 1976. Mr. Netsch was a principal star of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, whose body of work has achieved great international acclaim. Sarasota should be proud to have such an exceptional example of his work. The Library—with its trapezoidal shapes suggesting sails—was positioned to be compatible with the neighboring Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and Hyatt Hotel, together overlooking Sarasota Bay. In 1998, the library moved to a larger building on First Street, downtown. G.WIZ remodeled the building as a science museum and opened in 2000.
On September 19th, Eric Keune, AIA, LEED, AP , Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP gave a presenation about the building's design and it's architect and why it is considered "a working work of art" at the first public event on the original Selby Library (G.WIZ).