Modern Masterpiece Uncovered:
Galloway’s Furniture Showroom by Victor Lundy

July 28–October 27, 2024

The Galloway’s Furniture Showroom of Sarasota opened in 1959. The building was designed by Victor Lundy, an architectural innovator and central figure of the Sarasota School of Architecture—a regional movement that adapted modernist principles to the geography, climate, and socio-cultural context of South Florida’s Gulf Coast. A two-story, highly transparent glass cylinder with exposed wood “morning glory” structure and suspended mezzanine, Galloway’s became an instant local landmark. A 1980s renovation concealed the original structure, windows, and much of the original materials and details.

This exhibition uncovers this modernist masterpiece by first exploring the building’s architectural and cultural significance in the context of the Sarasota School of Architecture and the pioneering work of Victor Lundy. The physical and digital analysis examines the building’s wood-laminated structure and extant architectural features. The exhibition concludes with design concepts for rehabilitating, expanding, and adaptively using the former Galloway’s structure prepared by architecture students from Hampton University—a project of the Hub. Architecture Sarasota’s Hub initiative supports innovative design that helps transform places and inspire lives. 

The exhibition is organized by Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design and curated by Marty Hylton, president, Architecture Sarasota; Dr. Sujin Kim, assistant professor of architecture, Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; and Damien Blumetti, founding principal, Damien Blumetti Architect.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, with generous support from:

Platinum Sponsor
Shari and John Hicks

Silver Sponsor
Appleby Foundation
Elaine and Bill Crouse
Judy and Fred Fiala
Huisking Foundation
Mary Ann and John Meyer
John and Charlotte Suhler

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Gallery Didactics for Picking up the Pieces:

Special thanks to the many generous donors who made gifts in memory of Peppi Elona.