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I'll never forget the night preliminary drawings were being prepared ... Wes was due to fly to Sarasota the next day, and, late that night, Charles Montooth finished a cost analysis, which suggested the preliminary design was significantly over budget.
Don't recall the original budget, but it can't have been more than a couple million dollars. The 3,000 seat Grady Gammage Auditorium at Arizona State was constructed a few years prior ... at a cost of just over three million dollars.
To bring Sarasota within budget ... Wes redesigned the building that night, removing among other things the second floor balcony, which faced west, looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. Practically everyone at Taliesin West was put to work redrawing the project, which work continued until long after dawn.
Whatever the building's drawbacks, the good citizens of Sarasota seemed pleased as punch. While most auditoriums constructed at the time had budgets in excess of 10-20 million dollars, the citizens of Sarasota received a great deal at a bargain-basement price.
I don’t see how the theater seating could be reconfigured as tied as it is to the edge circulation.