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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Address: 7400 Sanderling Road
City: Sarasota
State: Florida
Zip Code: 34242
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.24121, -82.53147

Type: Leisure and Sport
Status: Built

Date(s): 1952-1953
Site Area: 52,270 s.f.
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground):
Building Cost:

Architect: Paul M. Rudolph
Associate Architect:
Landscape: Edward Shields


Sanderling Beach Club

  • In the initial plan, the beach club consisted of a concrete patio, an observatory and It had five single-story structures, each with five cabanas, facing the gulf.

  • The roof of these structures had a series of low vaulted ceilings, made with two thin layers of plywood sheathing.

  • In 1958, the beach club was expanded by three more structures with 5 cabanas each.

  • A clubhouse wasn’t built until 1960, however it did include Paul's original designs.

  • Paul was awarded an international architecture prize from the Museum of Modern Art of Sao Paulo, Brazil for this project.

  • In 2018, Harold Bubil, Real Estate Editor Emeritus for the Herald-Tribune, listed Sanderling Beach Club as one of his favorite buildings in Florida.

Standard 2X4 studs 16 ft. on center with columns of “sticks” and bent plywood vaults consisting of two ¾ in. thick sheets glued together form the structure.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 38

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions


Sanderling Beach Club Wikipedia page


“Sanderling Beach Club.” Architectural Record, October 1953, pp. 150-155.

“Beach Club Has Advanced Design.” Sarasota News, April 2, 1955. p. 36

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 38-39.

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

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