The Sarasota School of Architecture’s open, economical homes were fine-tuned for the Gulf Coast climate.
The Sarasota School of Architecture, also dubbed Sarasota Modern, came of age in the 1940s, led by architect Paul Rudolph and his partner Ralph Twitchell along with Victor Lundy, Gene Leedy, and Tim Seibert. During the post-World War II housing boom, they built houses that embraced natural ventilation and illumination and forged strong connections with the outdoors. With their glass walls and verdant landscaping, these striking homes, as well as public buildings including Sarasota City Hall and Sarasota High School, amassed a following—even encouraging other architects to make their own mark on the movement. The modernist residences below—some of them original icons of the era, others located outside of Florida and simply inspired by the designs of Rudolph and his brethren—are all warm, clean-lined, and deft in pulling the outdoors inside.
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