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.

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Address: 3009 Casey Key Road
City: Nokomis
State: Florida
Zip Code: 34275
Nation: United States
Google Maps Address: 27.16622, -82.49101

Type: Residence
Status: Built

Date(s): 1956-1958
Site Area: 109,323 s.f.
Floor Area:
Floors (Above Ground): 2
Building Cost:

Architect: Paul Rudolph
Rudolph Staff: Bill de Cossy
Associate Architect: 


deering Residence

  • It is a two-bedroom beach house with a two-story screened patio overlooking the gulf. The east and west exteriors are encased with the rhythmic constitution of nine columns which was built from piling lime blocks with the same style of mortar joints.

  • Paul wanted to create a sense of “a house within a house” by setting up different ceiling heights in the interior spaces.

  • Paul received an AIA merit award for this design.

  • It was featured in the Architectural Forum May 1959, the AIA Journal June 1960, Arts+Architecture June 1960 and House and Garden July 1960.

  • It was renovated and expanded in 1961 and again in the 2000’s after which it was sold to Donald R. Wilborn.

“Designed by Paul Rudolph, the Deering house in Casey Key, Florida, uses a two-story screened patio to give unity to a complex series of plans and levels- there being a different level for each of the three general areas, living, kitchen-eating and private. The resultant different ceiling heights give a feeling of space that is almost a house within a house. Large piers of lime block were used to give an exterior coherence and rhythm to the rather elaborate spatial composition.”
— Johnson, Philip. "Three Architects." Art In America 48 (Spring 1960): 73.
A series of platforms are disposed around a central stair allowing varying ceiling heights and spaces. The two end walls have few openings because of adjacent houses, but the two long facades reveal a structural system of exposed block inside and outside, plus the varying levels of interior platforms. The vertically floating space is terminated and dominated by a huge screened-in porch into which all the rooms open.
— Paul Rudolph in Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl, and Gerhard Schwab. The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, 1970. P. 46

DRAWINGS - Design Drawings / Renderings

DRAWINGS - Construction Drawings

DRAWINGS - Shop Drawings

PHOTOS - Project Model

PHOTOS - During Construction

PHOTOS - Completed Project

PHOTOS - Current Conditions



“Homes By Sarasota Architects Will Be Featured.” Sarasota News, March 1, 1959. p. 28

“Deerings’ Florida Home Shown In Time Magazine.” Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1959. p. 19

Rudolph, P. and Moholy-Nagy, S. (1970). The Architecture of Paul Rudolph. New York: Praeger, pp. 46-49.

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