Sunday, January 18, 2009
As many Paul Rudolph fans know, he began his career in the Florida community of Sarasota. Partnered with Ralph Twitchell, they created buildings that married a clean sense of architectural construction with the sun-drenched local climate and Floridian lifestyle. Along with other local architects, this style became known as the "Sarasota School of Architecture". For more information about the style and its history, you can go here.
Many architects were a part of this movement of regional modernism, and homes designed by them are rare and valuable finds. One of these architects is Gene Leedy. Gene Leedy worked for Rudolph in 1951, and the two of them designed the Lake Region Yacht and County Club in Winter Haven in 1959.
Martie Lieberman, a local expert on the modern architecture of the Sarasota area, sent us an email to let us know of a Leedy-designed home for sale. It is located on Drexel Avenue in the heart of "Leedy-Land" in Winter Haven, Florida. The house has been featured in Sarasota Modern by Andrew Weaving (see pages 98-109), and is well-known as the Weaving/Thomasson House.
Are you interested? The owner wants $255,000. Get in touch with her directly (right now!) via email at Nikolebeth@mac.com Pictures of the house with a floor plan can be found here.
And please contact Martie if you want to learn more about the architecture of Gene Leedy FAIA. There's a tour of his work available! You can reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org