Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House will be preserved and rebuilt on the site of the Ringling Museum of Art through a $75,000 gift from Dr. Michael Kalman to the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
The house, built in 1952, is an example of midcentury modernism, and is a part of the Sarasota School of Architecture. One of Paul Rudolph’s early buildings, the 600 sf house is notable for its simple geometries and ordinary materials used in ingenious ways. The most noteworthy are the window shades; simple plywood flaps that raise and lower by spherical iron counterweights on pulleys. The story we heard is that the weights were cast in basketballs. If you know for sure, we would love to hear your story: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about Dr. Kalman’s gift and the future of the Walker Guest House can be found here.
Sarasota Architectural Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and preservation of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Their website has information on the Walker Guest House and other projects and programs.
The image above was taken by Ezra Stoller in 1953. A complete gallery of Walker Guest House images are at EstoStock.