Coming Up: Sarasota MOD Weekend

Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF):

SAF is looking forward to meeting author Cara Greenberg at MOD Weekend!

Originally posted on c a s a C A R A ~ OLD HOUSES FOR FUN & PROFIT:


Hiss Studio, Tim Seibert

CERTAIN PLACES ON THE PLANET — often unexpected places, like Columbus, Indiana, and Tel Aviv, Israel — have been blessed with impressive inventories of important 20th century architecture. One such place is Sarasota, Florida, on the Gulf Coast. I was there once many years ago, so many that all I remember is collecting seashells on Sanibel Island (they’re also blessed with an impressive inventory of seashells).

Umbrella House, designed by architect Paul Rudolph, 1953, photo by Bill Miller Photography, New YorkUmbrella House, designed by architect Paul Rudolph, 1953, photo by Greg Wilson

Umbrella House, Paul Rudolph, 1953 

Now I’m getting another chance. The weekend of October 9-12, I’ll be in Sarasota for Sarasota MOD Weekend, a celebration of the area’s 1940s through ’60s architectural heritage, when architects like Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert, Gene Leedy, Carl Abbott and others produced a stock of residential and commercial buildings responding to local climate and culture with great modernist style.

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Photos: Ezra Stoller

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Paul Rudolph’s Cohen House

Sarasota School of Architecture
The Cohen House
Architect Paul Rudolph, 1955

Filmed by Proud Productions for the series ONE X TIME, featuring host Toru Nakamura

The Cohen House will be part of the SarasotaMO2014 Trolley Tour on Saturday, October 11, 2014 with guides Christopher Wilson and Joe King.

Click to see YouTube video –  #129

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Photo by Greg Wilson


SarasotaMOD: Inspired, Iconic, Irresistible


SarasotaMOD October 9-12, 2014

SarasotaMOD Weekend Tickets on Sale

Tickets now on sale!

This four-day architectural festival takes place in Sarasota, and includes lectures and presentations by leading modernist architects, including Lawrence Scarpa, Tim Seibert, and Carl Abbott. Presenters also include architect John Howey, author of The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966; and architect Joe King, the co-author of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses. Author, critic and filmmaker Alastair Gordon, journalist Harold Bubil, and landscape architect Raymond Jungles will also lend their insights. Guided bus, boat and walking tours will explore Sarasota’s mid-century legacy by land and sea. Many festival gatherings will take place in acclaimed modernist structures.

Presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation
Lead Sponsors: RGB-Architects and Vue Sarasota Bay
Media Sponsor: Sarasota Magazine
Community Sponsors: City of Sarasota and Visit Sarasota

For more information about the festival, please visit

2014 Giving Challenge May 6 – 7


In March 2015, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) will begin constructing a replica of architect Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. The reproduction of the mid-century modern Florida home, also known as the Cannonball House, is scheduled to be open to visitors in summer 2015. After its display at The Ringling, the structure will be disassembled and transported to select museums and venues around the country. The fund raising goal for the project is $150,000 and SAF has raised $98,000 to date.

Donate to SAF’s Walker Guest House Project through the 2014 Giving Challenge

On May 6th, starting at Noon, the website will go “live” and donations will be accepted for 24 hours. Search for Sarasota Architectural Foundation using the search box on the home page. We’ll also email the direct link as soon as the website is live on May 6th.

The minimum online gift is $25 and every gift is100% tax-deductible. Each donor will receive an immediate confirmation of their donation with a tax receipt via e-mail.

Just Announced!
SAF’s Board of Directors has personally pledged $2,000 in matching funds, essentially doubling donations up to a total of $2,000.

Please mark your calendars and help continue building Sarasota’s renowned architectural legacy.

Thank you – we really appreciate your support!

Questions:, 941-364-2199

Parks, Owens, Sparkman: The Evolution of Three Architects

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Three Gulf Coast architects will each present a project from their early professional life as well as a recent one, followed by an analysis of the contrast and how their development as an architect influenced the changes. The remarkable evolution of their careers will be illustrated by what they’ve learned from the design-build process, working with clients, listening to critiques and finding the inspiration that has motivated them to be who they
are today. A panel discussion and Q+A will follow the presentations.

Jonathan Parks is the principal of Jonathan Parks Architect, Sarasota, FL
Joyce Owens is director of Architecture Joyce Owens LLC, Ft. Myers, FL
Jerry Sparkman is a principal of Sweet Sparkman Architects, Sarasota, FL

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
1741 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236

5:00 – 5:30 Check-in
5:30 – 7:00 Presentations, Q+A
7:00 – 8:00 Meet-and-Greet Reception

Become a member of SAF and this event is FREE!

RSVP, pay online
Pay at the door: cash, check or credit card

SAF + AIA Members: $10
Public: $15
Student: $5

Questions:, 941-364-2199