Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Ven Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.jpg
Close-up view of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Address777 N Tamiami Trail
LocationSarasota, Florida
Coordinates27°20′41″N 82°32′57″W / 27.3448°N 82.5493°W / 27.3448; -82.5493Coordinates: 27°20′41″N 82°32′57″W / 27.3448°N 82.5493°W / 27.3448; -82.5493
OwnerSarasota, Florida[2]
OperatorSarasota, Florida
TypePerforming arts center
Acreage80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2)
Broke groundApril 25, 1968[1]
OpenedJanuary 5, 1970 (1970-01-05)[1]

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is a performing arts venue located at 777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida neighboring the Sarasota Bay. The main theater of the 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) facility contains 1,741 seats.[2]


The initial construction of the 1,736-seat hall was partly funded by a bequest from local residents Lewis and Eugenia van Wezel.

The architectural design was carried out by William Wesley Peters, of Taliesin Associated Architects, who used seashells as inspiration for the design.

The purple and lavender color scheme was suggested by Frank Lloyd Wright's widow, Olgivanna Lloyd Wright.[3]


  1. ^ a b LaHurd, Jeff (May 21, 2018). "Sarasota bayfront designs evoke Van Wezel memories". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "About the Van Wezel". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "History". Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. 2008-11-12.

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