Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Sarasota, Florida, USA.
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N 27° 20.569 W 082° 32.990
17R E 346691 N 3025358
Quick Description: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Opened in 1969 The architectural design was by William Wesley Peters, of Taliesin Architects, who used two seashells as an inspiration for the design. Located alongside the Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 11/24/2014 5:28:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMMYGB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall seats nearly 1800 people in its massive theatre hall.
The 1968-69 construction based on two sea shells was partly funded by a bequest from local residents Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel.
The purple and lavender color scheme was suggested by Frank Lloyd Wright's widow, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright.
Set along Sarasota's beautiful bayfront, the landmark Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall has been entertaining audiences with a variety of music, dance, theater and comedy for more than 44 years.
Located alongside the Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, Florida.

From the Van Wezel web site:
"An architectural landmark and a cultural treasure, the Van Wezel for 45 years has brought to Sarasota and all of Southwest Florida a world of great arts. Built in 1968 and 1969 with monies from a city of Sarasota bond referendum and a bequest from local philanthropists Lewis and Eugenia Van Wezel, the Hall is a true pioneer in the cultural development of Florida." Text Source: (visit link)

William Wesely Peters.
"Renowned for his innovative organic structures, Van Wezel architect William Wesley Peters holds a vital place in the history of 20th Century American architecture.
A chief architect at Taliesin Associated Architects of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Peters collaborated with Wright for more than a quarter century on projects including Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.
While Wright’s widow, Olgivanna, selected the Van Wezel’s trademark lavender and purple color scheme, Peters envisioned the structure’s seashell form as it related to its function and waterfront locale." source: (visit link) (visit link)
Theater Name: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Country: USA

Address:
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 34236


Web Site: [Web Link]

Venue: Community Theater

Type of Productions:
Multi-use Facility, featuring a broad spectrum, from the world's finest performing artists, meeting diverse cultural needs.


Restored Building: no

Date of Construction: Van Wezel opened its doors in 1970

Architect/Designer: William Wesely Peters - Taliesin Associated Architects

Stage Type: Proscenium

Seating Capacity: 1736

Special Productions/Events/Festivals:
Direct from Beijing, The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China.“Cirque Peking” one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China perfectly display their high flying acrobatics. These precision performers will mesmerize adults and children of all ages!


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