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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
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Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Sep
21
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Dec
21
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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SAF House Tour + Talk: Revere Quality House with Guy Peterson, FAIA
Apr
13
1:00 PM13:00

SAF House Tour + Talk: Revere Quality House with Guy Peterson, FAIA

  • 100 Ogden Street Sarasota, FL, 34242 United States (map)
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Enjoy an informative talk presented by internationally recognized, award winning Architect Guy W. Peterson, FAIA on accurately restoring a historic structure and incorporating a new companion house that compliments the architecturally significant home on the property.

Because of the small size (935SF) of the historic Revere Quality House (RQH), 1948, designed by Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell in 1948, the RQH restoration only becomes financially feasible if a larger home is constructed in conjunction with the Revere Quality House to justify the cost of the land. Mindful of new codes and a limited available footprint to construct a new home presented a significant challenge. 

The companion house is detached from the RQH was created with a dynamic relationship between the structures. The design allows for sight lines from the existing RQH, a landscaped courtyard and terrace, and a swimming pool perpendicular to the courtyard of the RQH. As the new house emerges either east or west of the existing house, the walls become glass to take advantage of interior site views as well as views to the bayou and Gulf of Mexico beyond. The floor to ceiling heights were kept to a minimum to remain consistent with the language of the existing Rudolph + Twitchell house. The original colors on the RQH (Peacock Blue on the ceiling, Burnt Red on the lally columns and Buttercup Yellow in the kitchen) are each used once on site walls in the new composition.

Event Schedule
12:30 PM - Check-in
1:00 PM - Talk Begins
2:00 PM - Tours of Historic Revere Quality House + Guy Peterson Companion House

Complimentary valet parking and refreshments will be available.

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Uncovering Architecture: Restoration of Ralph Twitchell + Paul Rudolph's Bennett Residence hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Mar
31
1:00 PM13:00

Uncovering Architecture: Restoration of Ralph Twitchell + Paul Rudolph's Bennett Residence hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 3901 Riverview Boulevard Bradenton, FL, 34209 United States (map)
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The Bennett Residence (1949) is a family home designed to exacting programmatic requirements.  It follows the typical Twitchell and Rudolph house type: built at ground level and open to the landscape to create an open and inviting home, while, in this case, also accommodating wheelchair accessibility as required by the client, Allen Bennett.  Walls of glass in the living room open to a street view on one side and a private garden courtyard on the other.  The bedrooms form a wing that creates the second wall of this courtyard.  The combination of stacked Ocala block, exposed cypress, large expanses of glass and a concealed wood joist roof structure had, by that time become a highly refined design and construction system for Twitchell and Rudolph, as also seen in later houses such as the Kerr Residence, Leavengood Residence, and the Walker Guest House.

Joe King is an architect and contractor practicing on the west coast of Florida. His design and construction work reflects his interest in the region’s development and natural history.

A third-generation Florida native and a graduate of Georgia Tech and Emory University, King has written and lectured extensively on Florida design and building. He is the co-author, with Christopher Domin, of "Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses." The book and traveling exhibit received the Outstanding Book Award by the Society of Architectural Historians, Southeast. King is also the author of "Tour Venice Architecture," which earned the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. His other awards include: Outstanding Private Development for his river forest neighborhood by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association; the Leadership Award by the Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida; and recognition by the Florida Department of Community Affairs for his film, Developing a Better Way: Using Low Impact Development Strategies. King’s exhibit, “J West Architect: Sixty Years of Sarasota Design,” received the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Street Parking available on 3rd Avenue NW and Riverview Blvd. Please be mindful of neighboring driveways. 

Directions: Take US-301 North to Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. Turn right onto 26th Street West. Turn left onto Riverview Blvd. Turn right to stay on Riverview Blvd. Destination will be on the left 3901 Riverview Blvd. The Bennett Residence photo above by Joe King.

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Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Umbrella House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 1300 Westway Drive Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21.

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Cocoon House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Cocoon House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane Sarasota, FL, 34242 United States (map)
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Experience the rare opportunity to tour the interior of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s historic 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as Cocoon House.  

Located on Bayou Louise Lane on Siesta Key, Cocoon House is a two-bedroom, one-bath, 760-square-foot cottage built as a guesthouse for Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Healy. The house gets its name from the technology used to build its roof: a polymer spray that Paul Rudolph saw being used at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on warships returning after WWII in order to "cocoon" or moth-ball them. Rudolph's creativity made him realize that this material could also be used in the construction industry.

The Cocoon House was named “Best House Design of the Year” from the AIA in 1949; selected by MoMA New York as one of 19 examples of houses built since WWII that were "pioneers of design" in 1953; and locally designated as a historic property by the City of Sarasota in 1985.

Space is limited to 15 guests per tour. Please register in advance.
Tours begin Saturday, July 21 and will continue on the first and third Saturday of every month, except November, through March 2019.

Parking: The house is located on a narrow private lane. Please do not turn down Bayou Louise Lane. SAF volunteers will direct vehicles to a nearby lot on the corner of Gulfmead Drive and Siesta Drive. Enjoy the short 0.1 mile walk to the Cocoon House on Bayou Louise Lane.

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Cocoon House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Cocoon House Tour hosted by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation

  • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane Sarasota, FL, 34242 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Experience the rare opportunity to tour the interior of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s historic 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as Cocoon House.  

Located on Bayou Louise Lane on Siesta Key, Cocoon House is a two-bedroom, one-bath, 760-square-foot cottage built as a guesthouse for Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Healy. The house gets its name from the technology used to build its roof: a polymer spray that Paul Rudolph saw being used at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on warships returning after WWII in order to "cocoon" or moth-ball them. Rudolph's creativity made him realize that this material could also be used in the construction industry.

The Cocoon House was named “Best House Design of the Year” from the AIA in 1949; selected by MoMA New York as one of 19 examples of houses built since WWII that were "pioneers of design" in 1953; and locally designated as a historic property by the City of Sarasota in 1985.

Space is limited to 15 guests per tour. Please register in advance.
Tours begin Saturday, July 21 and will continue on the first and third Saturday of every month, except November, through March 2019.

Parking: The house is located on a narrow private lane. Please do not turn down Bayou Louise Lane. SAF volunteers will direct vehicles to a nearby lot on the corner of Gulfmead Drive and Siesta Drive. Enjoy the short 0.1 mile walk to the Cocoon House on Bayou Louise Lane.

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