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.


City: Siesta Key
State: Florida
Zip Code: 34242
Nation: United States
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Type: Residence
Status: Project

Date(s): 1947
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Client: Roberta Healy Finney
Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: Ralph S. Twitchell


Roberta finney guest house

  • Paul designed the house while he was a student at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

  • Rudolph designed the guest house under the strict principles of the International Style, which was taught to him by Walter Gropius.

  • Rudolph mentioned in Interiors magazine that the kitchen is "like an assembly line, culminating in a built-in dining table"

  • Rudolph's first use of hinged over-hanging panels, to be used for shading and as protection from bad weather

  • Rudolph worked on the project for a period of 2 years.

  • It remains unbuilt.

The mainland at this point is low and will have to be filled. The usual method in this area is to dredge from the bayou. However, we wanted everything man-made to be clearly distinguished from the the work of nature. We have therefore suggested that a small inlet be formed, regular in shape... (and a projecting area of filled land to be created) ...Across this finger-like plateau and artificial inlet we have placed the guest house - almost never allowing it to come in conflict with the ground.
— Paul Rudolph, Interiors (January 1950)
A student project prepared at Harvard under Walter Gropius, later restudied and developed for a client. The principles at the time were:
1. Clarity of construction,
2. Simple overall volumes penetrating vertically and horizontally,
3. Clear geometry floating above the landscape,
4. Everything reduced to simple rectangulars and, of course,
5. A flat roof
The Bauhaus principles via Harvard were adapted to Florida’s particular landscape.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 32
While the rationalism found in the work of Gropius and Mies van der Rohe provided the conceptual discipline for this design, a new freedom of expression emerges in Rudolph’s intuitive and poetic architecture.
— 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



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

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

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

Futagawa, Yukio. Paul Rudolph: Dessins D'Architecture: Architekturzeichnunge: Architectural Drawings. Architectural Book Pub. Co., 1981.

“Finney Guest Cottage.” Architecture & Urbanism, July 1977, pp. 21-23.

Quantrill, Malcolm. “Is This Geometry Really Environment?” Royal Institute of British Architects Journal, Oct. 1975, p. 5.

“Chronological List of Works by Paul Rudolph, 1946-1974.” Architecture & Urbanism, Jan. 1975, p. 149.

“Rudolph.” Architect's Journal, 4 Sept. 1974, p. 526.

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 32-33.

“Maison De Vacances En Floride.” Architecture D'Aujourd'hui, July 1950, pp. 66–67.

“Plateau, Inlet, and House for Florida Vacations.” Interiors, Jan. 1950, pp. 104–109.