Welcome to the Archives of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. The purpose of this online database is to function as a tool for scholars, students, architects, preservationists, journalists and other interested parties. The archive consists of photographs, slides, articles and publications from Rudolph’s lifetime; physical drawings and models; personal photos and memorabilia; and contemporary photographs and articles.

Unless otherwise noted, all images and drawings are copyright © The Estate of Paul Rudolph and The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation. Please speak with a representative of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation to get permission to use any drawings or photos. Drawings, sketches and other materials produced by Rudolph’s architectural office at the Library of Congress are maintained there for preservation, but the intellectual property rights belong to the Paul Rudolph Estate and Ernst Wagner, founder of the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.


Address: 101 Big Pass Lane
City: Siesta Key
State: Florida
Zip Code: 34242
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.28212, -82.56653

Type: Residence
Status: Demolished in 2007

Date(s): 1941
Site Area: 27,026 s.f. waterfront lot
Floor Area: 3 beds 3 baths, 2712 s.f.
Floors (Above Ground): 1
Building Cost:

Client: Ralph S. Twitchell
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: Ralph S. Twitchell


Twitchell Residence

  • It was the first house built after partnering with Ralph Twitchell.

  • It was featured in the Architectural Forum, September 1947.

  • in 1969, the owners were Garrison and Marjorie Creighton

  • house damaged by fire in the carport

  • Improving the house would have meant dealing with the “50-percent rule.” That would have required elevating the house, which was in a “V” flood zone, 13 feet to FEMA’s base-flood elevation if more than 50 percent of the structure’s value was spent on renovation.

  • Owned by Harold and Harriet McCurdy until sold by Harriet McCurdy and Joan Ewers to Joe King

  • Architect Joe King bought the house in 05/05/05 for $2,650,000 with hopes of restoring it

  • King sold it in 11/06/07 for $2,800,000 to Clyde H Wilson, Jr.

The house became the prototype for the post and beam dwellings that Rudolph developed in partnership after World War II
— Rohan, T. (2014). The architecture of Paul Rudolph. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press.
The sandlike color and subtle texture of the lime block, the natural color of the cypress, and the transparency and reflection of the glass all contribute to make the house an integral part of the Florida landscape.
— Domin, Christopher, et al. Paul Rudolph: the Florida Houses. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions

Florida Memory - The State Archives of Florida <https://www.floridamemory.com/>


Architectural Forum, September 1947.

Architectural Forum, April 1948.

Morgan G. (1976, June 13). A Conversation With Harlow J. ‘Red’ Heneman. Sarasota Herald Tribune, p. 150

John Howey, The Sarasota School of Architecture 1941-1966, MIT Press, 1997

Domin, Christopher, et al. Paul Rudolph: the Florida Houses. Princeton Architectural Press, 2002.

Zollo, Cathy. “Historic Twitchell Beach Home Gets New Life Away from Siesta Key.” Sarasota Herald, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 19 July 2007, www.heraldtribune.com/news/20070719/historic-twitchell-beach-home-gets-new-life-away-from-siesta-key.

Alison Furuto. "'After You Left, They Took It Apart': Paul Rudolph Exhibition at Colgate" 30 Aug 2011. ArchDaily <https://www.archdaily.com/164271/after-you-left-they-took-it-apart-paul-rudolph-exhibition-at-colgate/> ISSN 0719-8884

“From Dreams to Debris.” Sarasota Herald, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 12 Dec. 2013, www.heraldtribune.com/news/20131215/from-dreams-to-debris.

Rohan, T. (2014). The architecture of Paul Rudolph. New Haven, Conn.: Yale Univ. Press.

“Siesta Key Architecture a Natural.” Oceane Siesta Key - Waterfront Condos Siesta Key Sarasota Florida, 27 Mar. 2017, www.oceanesiestakey.com/press/siesta-key-architecture-natural/.