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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City: Sarasota
State: Florida
Zip Code:
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.38769, -82.55347

Type: Transportation
Status: Project

Date(s): 1955-1956
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Building Cost:

Architect: Paul Rudolph
Associate Architect: Eliot C. Fletcher, John M. Crowell
Structural: George L. Jerome, John M. Crowell
MEP: Charles T. Healy and Associates


Sarasota-Bradenton Airport

  • The airport project designed by Paul had an air traffic control tower, overnight accommodations, eating facilities, and a large swimming pool.

  • The airport had a form of a long open pavilion with an overarching roof, that housed all the establishments.

  • The roof is supported by a series of open- web structural steel joists, reclining on pin connectors and also projecting steel light fixtures. This structural system reflected the lightness of flight and the construction of aircraft components.

  • A grand staircase leads the people from the main public space to an observation platform above, which gives panoramic views of the airplanes.

  • This project exceed the budget limit and the original design was significantly modified and built without Paul’s involvement.

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions