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Exterior views courtesy of Rivergate Tower. The most tangible evidence of its marginal upkeep is manifest in the buildings site and adjacent park, designed by, and later dedicated to, renowned Landscape Architect Daniel Kiley. The park, which was designed as a seamless extension of Wolf's geometric obsession, has fallen into a depressing state of disrepair. In 2004, Landscape Architecture magazine featured the sad state of Wolf and Kiley's vision for the building in a cover story titled 'The Life and Death of a Masterpiece" which posits that the park had devolved into "a modern ruin, almost cemetery like." At the time the city assumed ownership and management of the park, the plan was to demolish it entirely. Since then local architectural preservationists and landscape architects have managed to stave off its wholesale destruction. Nonetheless, the now treeless park remains a constant reminder of the potential inherent in both men's vision. While respecting the importance of Kiley's garden setting, I maintain that the interior architecture of the building factors into the success, or lack thereof, of the project. The two, particularly in this edifice, are inexorably linked. Unfortunately, until its most recent ownership transition, the interior architecture had been compromised. Most troubling for this author is that Mr. Wolf's cerebral investment and the faithful efforts of his design team have been maligned in an effort to wring some profit from the building with marginal input and misguided management. As Kenneth Frampton noted in his AIA 25-year nomination letter "the property endured a series of insensitive owners." However, there is a ray of hope as he also noted that the current owner, In-Rel Properties, "has been instrumental in restoring a great deal of its original fabric." Since the original primary tenant (NCNB Bank AKA NationsBank) abandoned the building in the mid1990's, a series of owner/investors Continued on page 12 florida/caribbean ARCHITECT | winter 2014 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Winter 2014

President’s Perspective / Nathan Butler, AIA, LEED AP
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
The Geometer’s Tower at 25
3-D Laser Scanning: A Snapshot in Time
The Call-Collins House Restoration
The Conservation of Preservation
Lakeland Service Center for Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector
Poker Room for Jacksonville Greyhound Racing
A Word from Your 2014 Florida/ Caribbean Associate Directors
Mosaic Salon
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