Coming Up: Sarasota MOD Weekend

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

casaCARA: 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