Holocaust survivor, renowned architect and Longboat planning icon Bob Diamant passes at age 92

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Longtime Longboat resident Robert Diamant had inimitable passion for design and architecture.

Diamant served as Longboat Key’s Planning and Zoning Board Director for many years in the late 1990s and early part of this century and his impact on many of the rules and regulations that encouraged stringent building design and the characteristics that formed the beauty and tranquility of Longboat Key can in large part attributed to his effort.

Diamant did not arrive at his passion for architecture when he came to the Key, he was one of 26 partners who directed the internationally-renowned firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill headquartered in Chicago.

Diamant and his group were known for not only numerous commercial office towers, but were pioneers in the development of tubular concept of structural framing.

Diamant was directly responsible for the firm’s major projects and worked on projects such as the Gateway Center, Hartford Building and was the principal designer for the John Hancock Building.

Diamant found success after surviving the Holocaust and pursuing his career in the United States.

When Diamant retired to Longboat Key, he designed his Bay Isles home he lived in with his wife of 39 years, Rochelle. He was the loving father of Steven Diamante, Laura Morask, Adam Diamante and Lindsey Berkun.

Diamante passed away on Jan. 11, 2015 at the age of 92. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to B’nai B’rith at bnaibrith.org. For more information, or to leave condolences or tributes go to www.shalom2.com.


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