The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at the Tarpon Springs Campus has been recognized as No. 46 in the Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places. online competition by the Florida by the Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Florida). The competition, which commemorates the organization’s 100-year anniversary, received 2.4 million votes in four weeks.
The museum, which opened in January 2002, was designed by award-winning architect E. C. Hoffman Jr. and built by Creative Contractors, Inc. The 53,000 square-foot building simulates the bow of a ship—a post modernist nod toward Tarpon Springs’ fishing and sponging communities—and is comprised of three buildings in one: the museum, the Ellis Foundation Art Education Center and the Michael M. Bennett Library.
Hoffman Architects, PA was awarded the 2002 H. Dean Rowe Award of Design Excellence by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the design of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art.