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
Address: 4143 West Gulf Drive
City: Sanibel
State: Florida
Zip Code: 33957
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 26.43605, -82.12371

STATUS
Type: Residential
Status: Built

TECHNICAL DATA
Date(s): 1952
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Architect: Paul M. Rudolph
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Walker Guest House

  • The Walker Guest House was Paul’s first project after leaving his long-term partnership with Ralph Twitchell.

  • The project is also known as the ‘Cannonball House’ as red cannonballs were used as weights to adjust the wooden panels.

  • When the balls are lowered, the panels act as a canopy turning the house into an open pavilion and when raised, it transforms the house into a private compartment.

  • The house is currently on sale along with the main gulf-front residence on a 1.6 acre lot for $6,795,000.

Two bays on each side of this guest cottage are filled with pivoting panels which function as

1. The enclosing wall,
2. The ventilating element,
3. The shading device,
4. The hurricane shelter.

The third bay is filled with glass, to admit light and splendid views. When the panels are closed, the pavillion is snug and cave-like, when open, the space psychologically changes and one is virtually in the landscape.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 42

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions

LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION

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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.

 Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 42-43.