On Wednesday, September 19th, Eric Keune, Design Director, will give a special lecture at the Historical Society of Sarasota County, in Sarasota, Florida. Keune will discuss the history of the former Selby Public Library, which was designed by former SOM Design Partner Walter Netsch (1920-2008).
The library was completed in 1976 and described as a "working work of art" by an AIA Library Awards jury in 1978. The design of the library was based on Netsch’s “Field Theory," a versatile approach to the geometric generation of architectonic structures intended to be uniquely suited to their purposes and environments. After the public library relocated to a larger Sarasota location in 1998, the building was renovated to house the Gulf Coast Wonder and Imagination Zone, which closed in 2013.
The event is hosted by the Historical Society of Sarasota County, along with the Sarasota Historical Alliance, the Gulf Coast Chapter of AIA Florida, and SOM.
"A Working Work of Art": A Public Lecture on the History of Selby Public Library
September 19, 2018
Historical Society of Sarasota County
1260 12th Street