Collecting Recollections: Architect Tim Seibert

Posted by Louis Wery on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 at 12:46pm.

The Ringling offers an opportunity to hear and see Tim Seibert recount his memories of life in the creative world of the Sarasota School of Architects. Maureen Zaremba, curator of educational programs, will interview Seibert on stage at the Historic Asolo Theater at 10:30am Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Museum Members and Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) members admitted Free, General Public/Free with Museum admission, all others $5. Since The Ringling event is ticketed, I recommend calling 941.360.7399 for reservations. Afterward attend a book-signing reception. There are a few places available for the SAF-sponsored luncheon with Seibert at Treviso Restaurant (Advance online payment only: $25 per person).

Born in Seattle, Edward J. “Tim” Seibert moved with his mother to Sarasota while his father was serving in World War II and, at the end of the war, Seibert himself joined the U.S. Navy flight program. After his honorable discharge, Seibert majored in art at Stanford and then received a degree in architecture from the University of Florida. He completed his first Sarasota house in 1952.

During the 1950s, he worked with various firms including in Paul Rudolph's Sarasota office. In 1955, Seibert opened his own office. Seibert Architects claims recognition as the oldest continuing architectural practice in our community.

Seibert’s work changed the skyline of Sarasota. He and his firm handled the land planning, permitting and design for the 1,400-acre Longboat Key Club, which serves as the gateway to south Longboat Key. He also designed the Bayport Beach & Tennis Club, Sunset Beach, Beachplace and Seaplace. Downtown Sarasota's Seibert designed condominiums include Bay Plaza, Lawrence Pointe, Regency House and Gulfstream Towers. Siesta Key is the location of many of Seibert's early Sarasota School house designs and early condominiums such as Siesta Towers, Siesta Beach Pavilion and the John D. MacDonald Home, now demolished.

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