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FRANK R. MUDANO: 1928-2007 // ARCHITECT FOR THE SHOPPER

Frank R. Mudano, a local architect whose designs have influenced retail shopping in Pinellas County for decades, died Sunday at Harbourwood Health & Rehab Center after a long illness. He was 78. Mr. Mudano designed shopping malls, among hundreds of projects.

GATEWAY MALL: The county's first enclosed air-conditioned mall opened in St. Petersburg in 1968. Mr. Mudano also designed Seminole Mall, Tri-City Plaza and the Belleview Biltmore Spa.

CLEVELAND PLAZA: His first project was Cleveland Plaza in Clearwater. In 1966, he opened his own firm, Mudano Associates Architects Inc.

COUNTRYSIDE MALL: "He was the first architect I ever built for, back in 1975, at Countryside Mall," said longtime friend and business associate Alan Bomstein, president of Creative Contractors Inc.

CLEARWATER MALL: When Clearwater Mall, one of Mr. Mudano's designs, was razed, he was wistful that it was not revitalized with a new tenant. "It's like losing a child," he said at the time.

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