Reynolds, Smith, and Hill
The Florida Architect: March / April 1971
Reynolds, Smith, and Hill
Page 13: Planning:
Community Planning for 100,000 acres, ITT Levitt Development Corporation, Flagler and St.
Johns Counties, Florida
U.F. George Smathers Library Collections.
The Stein Group: David Stein has a history of excellence in the land development and homebuilding
industries. At 22, he became the youngest project manager ever for ITT Levitt and Sons, the largest homebuilding company in
the world at that time. In 1982, he began development of Monarch Beach, the billion-dollar resort community in Southern California.
Since he began The Stein Group, he's been dedicated to developing, owning, and operating this collection of small, luxury
lifestyle hotels and resorts in Europe. ( Franklyn Hotels and Resorts).
Marc Szabo - Internationally/Nationally know Artist - Living in Argentina with a Studio in Los Angeles, provided hand
done Architectural Renderings of The Palm Club, etc.
Dr. Per Bruun of the Technical University of Norway, at Trondheim - coordinated data and make recommendations for construction
in beachfront areas. 'An approach to a New City: Palm Coast' p. 138.
Leggette, Brashears & Graham
John Olmsbee Simonds
Leggette, Brashears & Graham - geology firm that evaluated Palm Coasts' Water Supply needs in ' An approach to a
New City: Palm Coast'.
Eric Felter - Engineer with Levitt Development Corp. who helped in the naming of the streets in the Palm Coast Project.
Note: Streets in the C 'Core Area' has already been designated and recorded years earlier than 1974. Additional info:
Haas and Reed, Jacksonville Architects who built Palm Coast Shopping Center:
HAAS Joseph Brooks Haas, 87, a longtime resident of Jacksonville, passed away on November 12, 2010, at the Mayo Clinic. He
was born on February 28, 1923, in Savannah, Georgia, where his father served in the Army
Corp of Engineers for many years. His family then moved to Brunswick, Georgia and he graduated from Glynn Academy in 1940.
He attended Georgia Tech and graduated in the top of his class in 1943 with a degree in Architecture, where he was a member
of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Brooks served in the infantry in World War II
as a Lieutenant and engaged in combat experience in the European Theatre of Operations where he learned snow skiing, one
of his favorite lifelong sports. In 1947, Brooks returned to Jacksonville where he married Harriet Farwell and began practicing
architecture with the firm of Reynolds, Smith, and Hills. Then, he later developed his own firm, Haas & Reed Architects,
which became a premier commercial architectural design firm representing municipalities, financial institutions, physicians,
county, state, and federal governmental entities, and industrial clients. He also provided architectural and planning services
for Grandfather Golf and Country Club, as well as portions of Sugar Mountain and Beach Mountain in North Carolina. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Deborah Stephens Haas; his son, Bruce Farwell Haas and his wife, Jackie; his brother, Morton
V. Haas and his wife, Jean; and his father, Morton V. Haas, and his mother, Elizabeth Frances Abrams Haas. He is survived
by Harriet Farwell Mott, the mother of his children, Robert V. Haas and his wife, Deena of Albany, Georgia; Elizabeth A. Haas
'Bootsy'; as well as three grandchildren, Ashley Brook Knebel, Haley Plaire Haas, and Gwenn Margretta and her husband, Pete;
one great grandchild, Rilyn Kai Taylor; nephew, Dr. Christopher Haas and his wife, Ellen; great nephews, Payton Haas and Graham
Haas; great niece, Christen Haas; and sister-in-law, Marsha Slick and her husband Clyde Slick and children. Brooks was a member
of the Rotary Club
, Florida Yacht Club, Ponte Vedra Club and Christ Church of Ponte Vedra Beach. He was a world traveler, an avid snow skier,
tennis player, fisherman, fencer and had a passion for sailing the British Virgin Islands. Brooks was a respected Architect
and father who will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday,
November 17th in Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 18th in Christ
Episcopal Church followed by a reception. Burial will take place in Jacksonville National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of
flowers donations may be made to the Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32216 or Christ Church,
400 San Juan Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com
. Services under the direction and care of:
Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com
Published in the Florida Times-Union from November 14 to November 17, 2010
Sanibel Island Symposium: ( many held at our public with membership Palm Coast Beach Club / Palm Coast Motel / later
Palm Coast Sheraton Resort Oceanside overlooking 5 miles of Palm Coast Beaches. )
The Sanibel Symposium is an international scientific conference in quantum chemistry, solid-state physics, and quantum
biology. It has been organized by the Quantum Theory Project at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, Florida
every winter since 1960. It was founded by Per-Olov Löwdin who was involved in its organization every year from 1960 to his
death in 2000. From 1960 to 1978, the symposium was held on Sanibel Island, but later symposia have been held in Palm Coast
and St. Augustine. In 2005, the Symposium moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia. The Symposium is noted for its long history
and for the breadth of both the participants and the presentations. The 2010 meeting covers "Forefront theory and computation
in quantum chemistry, condensed matter and chemical physics, nanoscience, quantum biochemistry and biophysics". The Sanibel
Symposium is described as a "highly respected regular conference" in a history of the Gordon Research Conferences.
Louis E. Fischer:
Louis E. Fischer served as President of ITT Levitt & Sons. Mr. Fischer served as President and Chief Executive Officer
of General Development Corporation. Mr. Fischer serves as Chairman of Fischer Associates. He has managed and directed several
major development companies. Mr. Fischer serves as Director of HydroMentia, Inc. He has served as a director of several financial
institutions and has been active in various industrial, educational and philanthropic organizations ...
Director of HydroMentia, Inc.
Fred E. Sutton: 2011 Inductee
Fred E. Sutton’s entrepreneurial spirit developed early in his childhood and one of his most passionate pursuits, coin
collecting, turned into a business which financed his college education. As a result, Mr. Sutton received a B.S. Degree in
Business and Economics from David Lipscomb University in Tennessee and continued on to earn an MBA in Finance from the University
Prior to the formation of Sutton Properties, LLP, Mr. Sutton spent several years with Reynolds, Smith & Hills
of Jacksonville, Florida. Reynolds, Smith & Hills was, at the time of Mr. Sutton’s employment, the largest Architectural-Engineering-Planning
firm in the southeastern United States. His client list included the largest development companies in the United States, such
as ITT Levitt, General Development Corporation and Walt Disney World. His team was responsible for the original attendance
projections for Walt Disney World which determined the type and number of rooms built on site.
In 1972, Mr. Sutton and his brother, Harold S. Sutton,M.D., co-founded Sutton Properties. Under Fred’s leadership,
Sutton Properties has grown to be one of the largest family-owned real-estate development firms in Brevard County, and currently
owns and operates approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial, residential and industrial properties.
A lifelong avid athlete, Mr. Sutton coaches the Viera High School Girls Tennis Team and previously coached the Melbourne
High School Boys Tennis Team. He brings the same life skills and tenants of teamwork and integrity to his coaching that were
repeated throughout his scholastic sports career and by which he operates Sutton Properties, LLP .
Palm Coast, 80,000
Acre Levitt Development Open Now in Flagler County
||The Hartford Courant (1923-1984)- Hartford, Conn.|
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Victor H. Palmieri
Victor is recognized as one of the preeminent experts in the rehabilitation and reorganization of troubled diversified
financial services firms including real estate firms and portfolios. His former firm, The Palmieri Company, oversaw the workouts
of several seriously challenged enterprises including the investment subsidiary of the Penn Central,
Levitt & Sons,
Baldwin-United, Mutual Benefit Life, Confederation Life and the Central States Pension Fund's western US real estate assets.
Most recently he has served as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of MullinTBG, a national leader in executive compensation
plans. Earlier in his career Victor was an attorney and the president of a real estate firm which pioneered the development
of Thousand Oaks, CA, Snowmass–at-Aspen, CO and Sun Valley, ID.
Victor has also had a distinguished public service
career including serving as the Ambassador at Large for Refugee Affairs during the Carter Administration. He has served on
a variety of prestigious private and public boards including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Lincoln Center Theater. He
has been a visiting lecturer at universities and business schools across the US and taught courses in crisis management at
Stanford Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
Victor is a graduate of Stanford University and its
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To: "George Edward Chuddy, Jr., M.S., A.B.D."
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 11:35 PM
Subject: Re: Mr. Victor Palmieri and his Levitt & Sons involvement
Thanks for the inquiry. Given how long ago that was we have no recollection of who those architects were.
Ted Leary - Crosswater Realty Advisors
Richard C. Baehr:
FR: New York Times:
The Design Image vs. the Reality
SOMEWHERE, there is a silvery-white Time Warner Center whose mass seems to dematerialize against the sky,
a bronze Trump World Tower whose facade is an animated checkerboard, a Westin New York at Times Square with a cometlike beacon
on its north side.
Somewhere, but not in New York City.
Instead, these buildings exist in the imagination of developers and designers and -- because of renderings -- in the public
eye. As stand-ins, they are remarkably close to the completed projects. But a look at the differences between renderings and
the buildings they depict, and among renderings themselves, casts light on a little-discussed facet of real estate and architectural
''It's one of those professions that's under the radar but in everyone's face,'' said Thomas W. Schaller of Manhattan,
who as an architect was so inspired by the luminous watercolor renderings of Cyril Farey and the powerful drawings of Hugh
Ferriss that he decided to become a renderer himself. ''The process isn't so much recording what isn't there yet, but helping
it come to life.''
That process includes selling the project to several audiences. ''For the community planning board and the planning commission,
we try to prove how well the project is integrated with its neighbors,'' said Costas Kondylis of Costas Kondylis & Partners,
architects of Trump World Tower and many other residential buildings. That might mean peopling the rendering with pedestrians
and ornamenting the sidewalks with mature trees.
''At the same time,'' Mr. Kondylis said, ''a developer has to make a presentation to the bank to show how important and
substantial the development is going to be. It has to be a glossier rendering, showing how tall it's going to be and the views
it's going to get.''
And finally, there is the prospective occupant to consider. ''I'm trying to sell a vision of something that hasn't been
built,'' said Donald J. Trump. ''And that's not the easiest thing. I sell apartments for $25 million to people who have never
seen the building.''
Mr. Trump has turned most often to Richard C. Baehr of Great Neck, N.Y., a renderer who works in tempera paints. ''Richard
brings a building to life,'' he said.
Mr. Baehr, who has been a renderer for more than 45 years, said he is known as the Blue-Sky Guy. ''No client has ever requested
a rainy-day rendering,'' he said.
Having trained and practiced as an architect, Mr. Baehr decided in the late 1950's to become a renderer, joining Robert
Schwartz's firm. ''I just love to draw,'' he said, ''and most of architecture is not about drawing.'' Mr. Baehr opened his
own office in 1962. His big break came four years later when he was hired to do renderings for Levitt & Sons, the builders
Levitt had projects around the country and even overseas. ''I'd do a two-story colonial on Long Island and they'd say,
'For the Maryland job, we want you to change the bricks to shingles and the roof and shutter color,' '' Mr. Baehr recalled.
His first rendering for Mr. Trump in 1978 of the Hyatt Regency Hotel required him to elevate the Pershing Square viaduct
over 42nd Street in order to show the hotel's cantilevered bar and cocktail lounge.
In his rendering of Trump World Tower, the color and window articulation differ slightly from the actual building. That
had to do with the decision, after the rendering was painted, to use a darker glass.
Though developers and architects may be tempted at times to manipulate a building's appearance materially in a rendering,
they say it is not worth squandering credibility. In the insular world of real estate, they are sure to find themselves again
before the same regulators and civic groups.
''I'm not interested in raising false expectations,'' said Todd H. Schliemann, a partner in Polshek Partnership Architects,
designers of the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. ''These drawings travel forever.
They go into donor packages. They go into The New York Times. They go into corporate brochures. They get resurrected in articles
on renderings. You want to make sure that it has a relationship to the building that's there when the building is finished.''
Some illusions are allowed by convention, like removing foreground objects. That is illustrated by the rendering of the
Westin New York hotel, designed by Arquitectonica. Such a bottom-to-top view, looking south on Eighth Avenue, does not correspond
to reality because the Times Square Hotel stands stoutly in the way.
The rendering also shows a glass-enclosed base on Eighth Avenue and a lighted arc on the north facade that do not exist.
On the other hand, as the photograph of the south facade makes clear, the spirit of the rendered version -- a tower sliced
along an arc, with earthy bronze tones on one side and celestial blue colors on the other -- was carried through with considerable
fidelity. ''The whole design process started from a watercolor,'' said John T. Livingston, president of the Tishman Urban
Development Corporation, the developer of the Westin.
Watercolor is not just a romantic or old-fashioned medium, said Mr. Schaller, a renderer who began his career as an architect
in Boston, but a way ''to apply a sense of luminosity to more modernist design.''
His view of the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle depicts buildings that seem to glow from within, as opposed to the
exactly detailed digital version produced by Archimation. (Based in Berlin, Archimation is working with Studio Daniel Libeskind
on plans for the World Trade Center site.)
Neither rendering depicts the Time Warner Center seen most often by passers-by, which is typically grayer or bluer and
certainly darker. But at some moments, as happened recently when the skies were so roiled in the wake of Hurricane Isabel,
the facade can positively shimmer in silver.
''The challenge is how to capture what we see through time,'' said Jeffrey Holmes, an associate partner in Skidmore, Owings
& Merrill, architects of Time Warner Center. ''We look at a building temporally. We move around it and the sun is changing.
To take a snapshot is never ideal.''
For that reason, Mr. Schaller said, a hand-crafted rendering better conveys the sense of an evolving idea than a digital
image that implies a fully finished design.
''What I really, sincerely try to do is have the viewer sense what the building might feel like rather than what it looks
like,'' Mr. Schaller said. ''What we do at best is tell the story of the design, capturing the spirit and not necessarily
the specifics of materials that may or may not be selected.''
On the other hand, the New York Jets have found that the literalism of a digital rendering helps convey the possibility
that an enormous stadium might find a place on the far West Side of Manhattan. ''Photo-realism allows people to envision what
it could look like in New York City,'' said Thad Sheely, the vice president of development.
Bridging the divide between digital and hand-done renderings, Lee Dunnette of Allentown, Pa., used a computer model to
help to depict the intricate, concave herringbone pattern of the Guastavino-designed vaults in the Food Emporium at Bridgemarket,
under the Queensboro Bridge. The rest was done with pen and ink and airbrush.
Even as strong a digital proponent as Matthew Bannister, co-founder of Dbox on West 14th Street, sees his studio concerning
itself with the same questions that faced Canaletto as he set out to portray Venice in the 18th century: perspective, time
of day, composition of the frame.
''The computer, at the end of the day, is just a tool, like a brush,'' he said. ''The computer has led a lot of people
to believe that they are artists. And they are not. If you let a computer cook it for you, you're using it as a recipe, but
you're not a chef.''
Ingenuity and enterprise still count. Dbox was called on to render a clinical-skills room at the New York Weill Cornell
Medical Center. The image had to include doctors. James Gibbs, a co-founder of the studio, asked his father, who works at
the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, to send some lab coats and stethoscopes by Federal Express. Dbox staff members
posed with these for photographs that were added as composites to the rendering.
A penchant for detail was evident the other day, on one monitor after another, at the Dbox office in the meatpacking district.
Christian Eriksson was building a digital, three-dimensional model of a Universal Gym Equipment cable crossover machine, just
one element in a larger rendering of a gym at a new apartment building by Richard Meier & Partners on Charles Street.
Nearby, Lek Jeyifous was working with Dan Southgate on an aerial view of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, in
an expansion designed by Thomas Phifer & Partners. The image was strikingly realistic. There were even wisps of stratocumulus
clouds between the viewer and the verdant landscape below. Demonstrating how a digital rendering is essentially made of layers
of different information, Mr. Jeyifous selected different functions on a pop-up window to show or suppress features like shadows,
building elements, pathways, people and even outdoor sculptures.
A few feet away, Jon Doyle was making adjustments to the Web site that Dbox has created for the architectural firm Davis
Brody Bond (www.davisbrody.com). And Gloria Kim and Gina Matsui were rendering a tower in Beijing for the San Francisco office
of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Dbox renderings have alerted architects to the fact that the cornices they have designed will not align with adjacent buildings
and that the fiber-optic displays they have placed behind a glass curtain wall will be invisible from nearby vantages.
This kind of collaborative dialogue is embodied in the name of the firm, which refers to the pop-up dialogue boxes on computers.
Dbox was founded in 1996 by Mr. Gibbs, Mr. Bannister and Charles d'Autremont.
The studio came to wide attention three years later when it rendered the fantastically complex sphere-in-a-glass-box structure
of the Rose Center. The Dbox image even showed shadows cast by structural elements as they fell over the curved surface of
the Hayden Planetarium.
Having modeled every nut and bolt of the building, Mr. Bannister said it was eerie to enter the actual space. ''I knew
my way around, but I couldn't float around,'' he said. ''I had to walk.''
Architectural Renderings of 'The Palm Club'. :