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.

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LOCATION
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City: Sarasota
State: Florida
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Nation: United States
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STATUS
Type: Residence
Status: Built

TECHNICAL DATA
Date(s): 1947-48
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Floors (Above Ground): 1
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PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Client: Joseph Steinmetz
Architect: Ralph S. Twitchell
Associate Architect: Paul Rudolph
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Steinmetz Studio

  • The project was built for Joseph Steinmetz, who was a well known photographer from Life Magazine and one of the earliest architectural photographers of Rudolph’s buildings.

  • The structure’s cantilever panels extended onto the public sidewalk, which supported a flat canopy on top that sheltered the pedestrians.

  • It went through major design changes after it was built.

  • The studio was demolished in the 2000’s.

“The photography studio for Joseph Steinmetz, built along a residential street near downtown Sarasota, is an example of Twitchell and Rudolph’s construction and design methods used in a conventional suburban context. Low and compact, it is innovative though not fully resolved, lacking the expansive character of the beach houses. Here. space is focused inward and natural light tightly controlled as befits a photography studio and darkroom. The side walls extend to the front property line, interrupting the typical pattern of suburban grassed front yards while creating a protected semicourt area at the front of the building. The cantilevered cypress beams and wooden joist roof structure create a protective cover over the sidewalk as a gesture to the public realm, while extending the building’s horizontality.”
— 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

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

“Chronological List of Works by Paul Rudolph, 1946-1974.” Architecture & Urbanism, Jan. 1975, p. 150.