Thursday, September 20, 2007
I hear that it's a frat house now, but I can't really explain the origins of that rumour. Current and past Yale students please respond.
Lovingly restored by Seibert Architects (Tim Seibert worked in Rudolph's Sarasota office) from 2004-2007. Pack your bags and just move in - it looks exactly as it does in the images here, except you might start salivating a bit at how gorgeous it is when you're actually there.
The house was commissioned by local patrons of the arts, whose engaged lifestyles called for a balance of tranquility - enabling work and rest - and layers of stimulation that would activate and enhance their parties and salons. The "conversation pit," a hallmark move of Rudolph's, is the house's social nucleus.
Did I mention that it sits on a canal, Bayou Louise, which has access to the Gulf of Mexico? It's perfect margarita-party setting.
Three different schemes existed for the project. The essential unit on the design is the four-square module, scaled up and reconfigured. The second iteration, which was awarded top honors by Progressive Architecture in 1954, was a two-storey design which was rejected by the owners, along with the climactically-responsive system of operable flaps. They wanted air-conditioning. Can't really blame them.
Contact the house's owner and agent, the lovely Martie Lieberman, to buy the house right now and to get more information. (941) 724-1118 or email@example.com. Visit her website; it has current listings of all that is covetable in mid-century modern real estate in the greater Sarasota area, and a driving-tour map of design gems to be visited when in town.