Here’s your chance to own a piece of design history—Sotheby’s will auction the Paul Rudolph–designed gem on December 12.

Sotheby’s is set to auction the Walker Guest House—alongside other design masterpieces—and it’s expected to sell for anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million. The home, commissioned by the Walker family in 1952, comes complete with original furnishings designed and selected by Rudolph.

The Guest House was up for grabs earlier this year, when it was bundled with the Walker family’s entire beachfront Florida estate. The one-and-three-quarter-acre plot with a three-bedroom main house asked $6.79 million. The Guest House is now being offered à la carte, and it will be relocated after it is purchased.

Rudolph used red cannonballs as weights to hold the home’s signature wood shutters in place.

Rudolph used red cannonballs as weights to hold the home’s signature wood shutters in place.

Photo by Michael Berio, courtesy of the VIP Realty Group and Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation

The house’s wood shutters protect the building from wind and rain while allowing residents to control how much privacy and light they want.

The house’s wood shutters protect the building from wind and rain while allowing residents to control how much privacy and light they want.

Photo by Michael Berio, courtesy of the VIP Realty Group and Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation



“[The Walker Guest House] will almost surely leave Sanibel Island, but the trade-off will be knowing that one of the most important designs by one of the 20th century’s most important architects—one that, by its nature, is not specific to its site, and could be set down almost anywhere—will be preserved,” says Pulitzer Prize–winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

The building’s adaptiveness is a result of Rudolph’s characteristic simplicity. The 576-square-foot wood-and-glass home is essentially an airy, lightweight box that rests gently on a raised platform in the sand.

According to the listing, the cottage was recognized by the AIA Florida chapter as one of the best residential buildings in the state.

According to the listing, the cottage was recognized by the AIA Florida chapter as one of the best residential buildings in the state.

Photo by Michael Berio, courtesy of the VIP Realty Group and Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation

See the full story on Dwell.com: Paul Rudolph’s Legendary Walker Guest House Is Heading to Auction Next Week
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