JACK WEST - ARCHITECT :: By Martie LiebermanÂ www.modernsarasota.com
Jack West building at Bahia Vista and Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Florida. Photo by Martie Lieberman NOTICE the Jack Cartlidge sculpture, front left.
Architect Jack West (1922-2010) was bornÂ in Galesburg, Illinois. He obtained a B.S. in mechanical engineeringÂ in 1944, andÂ served as a Navy officer in the Pacific.Â West received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Yale in 1949, and was employed with the firm ofÂ Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph in Sarasota from 1949-1950. AfterÂ receiving his architectural registration in Florida,Â West beganÂ his own private practice. In 1953-1954, WestÂ partnered with Ralph Twitchell, thenÂ re-established his own office in Sarasota.
In November 2001, Jack West joined Gene Leedy, Tim Seibert, Bert Brosmith, Victor Lundy, Mark Hampton, Carl Abbott, John Howey, Robert Broward, Donald Singer, Alfred Browning Parker, William Morgan, Robert McCarter, Frank Folsom Smith, Boyd Blackner, Larry Scarpa, Guy Peterson, the "spirit" of Paul Rudolph, and many architects and scholars who came to Sarasota to participate in five days of tours, lectures, dinners, an exhibition and to screen a documentary film on the Sarasota School made for this event.Â (The Sarasota Architectural Foundation grew out of this Tour & Symposium.) I met and had the pleasure of working with architect Jack West while co-chairingÂ "An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium" as president ofÂ the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, in 2001.Â
During the symposium Jack West gave a lecture on his work and showedÂ slides of his projects, fromÂ the Myrtle West House he designed for his mother (and happily occupied himself, for a time) to the Sarasota City Hall building.Â
Jack West created a number of beautiful modern commercial and residential buildings in Sarasota, and a fewÂ can be seen and visited by the general public today.
In February, 2011, an exhibit was erected in the Sarasota County History Center, called â€œJ WEST ARCHITECT: 60 Years of Sarasota Designâ€ with over 70 architectural projects, from 1949 to 2009. Â Sadly, Jack West died a few months before the exhibit opened.Â Â A very good article by The Sarasota Herald Tribune's real estate editor andÂ architecture writer can be seen here:Â â€œRemembering Jack Westâ€ Â by Harold Bubil.
BOOKS ABOUT JACK WEST AND HIS ARCHITECTURE:
TLOAA: The Life Of An Architect, by Jack West,Â out of print, look for this logo on front cover
The Sarasota School of Architecture 1941 - 1966 by John Howey
Sarasota Modern by Andrew WeavingÂ | Florida Modern by Jan Holstim, Steven BrookeÂ |Â Florida Architecture: A Celebration by S Keith Bailey, Diane D Greer, John HoweyÂ |Â Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses by Joseph King, Christopher Domin, Ezra Stoller
DOCUMENTARY:An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture Tour and Symposium DOCUMENTARY by the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota. I was present when Jack West was interviewed for this documentary inside the bank building (pictured above), before its renovation. The documentaryÂ also includes interviews with other living architects from the Sarasota School of Architecture who gathered in 2001 for the Tour and Symposium. I might be able to help you find a copy.
FUN FACT: Jack West included sculptures by Jack Cartlidge in many of his built projects, including Sarasota City Hall, with its Cartlidge sculpture titled â€œNobody is Listening.â€ The last known Jack West project, a renovation of the Hannan Residence, Â can be seen below with its Jack Cartlidge sculpture.
Jack West with Alison Hannan 2006-2007. Note sculpture by Jack Cartlidge, left.
Thanks for your continued interest in Florida's architecture.
All my best to you!
Martie Lieberman, Realtor - Architecture & Design Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
100 N Tamiami Tr, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236
941.724.1117 Direct - Call me any time! 941.366.8070Â officeÂ
Photo Credits: Jack West during WWII from his autobiography,Â "TLOAA", Jack West exhibit image from Sarasota County History Center, Alison Hannan,Â Martie LiebermanÂ