The Fisher Architects-designed lifeguard towers at Clearwater Beach were constructed of unpainted plywood and metal roofs that were dilapidated from years of storm weather abuse and in desperate need of repair. Fisher Architects donated their professional services to promote the significance of regional styles of architecture, while providing a much-needed community service.
While the existing structures were all uniform, Fisher’s ideology was to create five unique structures, each representing a distinctive Florida regional architecture style. These unique structures act as landmarks for the tourists to way-find as well as rallying points for local swimmers and runners.
'Honeymoon Island' is constructed with elements that directly tie this tower to Clearwater Beach. The palm tree brackets symbolise Honeymoon Island which is covered entirely by palms, the muted yet brightly colored horizontal tongue and groove walls represent the historic beach motels, and the cupola on the roof resonates with the adjacent bath houses.
'Crystal River' embodies the ‘Florida Cracker’ style, with shake siding, shallow angled kickers, diagonal shutters, exposed board and batten roof construction, deep overhangs, and stepped gable roof construction. 'Seaside' embodies the ‘New Urbanism’ style, with muted colours, classical balcony brackets, flat wooden roof trellis, white accent trim, and shallow overhang standing seam metal roof.
'Key West' is constructed with vibrant green and yellow tongue and groove wall boards, long decorative brackets, diagonal cross shutters, witches hat standing seam metal roof line, and vented attic louver. 'Everglades' is constructed with simple indigenous materials with an exposed slat wood frame, deep angled kickers, deep overhangs formed by a corrugated metal roof held by exposed battens on curved gluelam support beams.