Thursday, February 12, 2009
While you definitely didn't hear it here, there are indeed other significant architects besides Paul Rudolph (gasp!). A density of them even settled in an around their home base of development and nurtured a style which today we identify as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Designing to the humid, tropical climate of Florida, a collection of key architects expanded their practices as Sarasota became more populated, and marked it with a new landscape of regional post-war modern structures.
And although Paul himself split from Ralph Twitchell, and then moved his studio North during the construction of Sarasota High School, many others stayed and continued to design to the site and region, often using green tactics LEED prophesies about today.
If you've ever been curious to see the works of Ralph Twitchell, Philip Hiss, Gene Leedy, Victor Lundy (his Post Office and Lutheran Church shown here), or Mark Hampton, (and others...) we urge you to contact resident architectural guru Martie Lieberman.
For the past decade, Martie has been offering unique individual and group tours for up to three or four people, for $65 per person, $85 for a couple, and $100 for three. Each half-day tour is three hours long, and guaranteed to be fun. Martie also organizes large group tours for schools, clubs, and corporate outings, and can even get you to stay in a Modern home with her Stay and Play packages. These are great for first time visitors to Sarasota and long time residents alike.
Areas covered include Sarasota, Tampa, Lakeland and Winter Haven and neighboring towns.
What better way to experience Modern Sarasota first hand!
You can find all of Martie's contact information at her MODERN SARASOTA WEBSITE
Let her know what you're interested in; tours can be as specific as threatened or public works or as broad as you wish- she'll design the best tour to your interest! But be forewarned, the Rudolph tour is by far the best- catch it before its gone!