The SAF is dedicated to increasing awareness of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, helping to preserve or rehabilitate its irreplaceable buildings and demonstrating its relevance to the contemporary built environment.
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Preservation and Rehabilitation Projects

Sarasota High School Addition

Sarasota High School

In 2012, the School Board of Sarasota County proposed renovations to Sarasota High School that SAF felt were not in keeping with Rudolph’s original vision.

Working to avoid the problems that arose in 2009 with the demolition of Rudolph’s 1958 Riverview High School, SAF opened a dialogue between the School Board, the Sarasota community and local preservationists, which resulted in the complete renovation of the building back to its original 1960 exterior appearance.

Umbrella House Restoration

Designed by Paul Rudolph in 1953, the Umbrella House was built to be the “show house” or sample residence for the Lido Shores neighborhood being developed by Philip Hiss. Located next door to Hiss’s Sales Office, the house gets its nickname from the 3,000 square foot umbrella that shades the house and pool area from the Florida sun.
This umbrella was destroyed in a 1966 storm and was missing until the early 2000s when new owners began rebuilding it. The project was completed in 2017 and the new umbrella and vintage house work perfectly together. While SAF did not provide funding for this restoration, it did provide moral and technical support, as well as document the rebuilding process. In appreciation, the current owners allow SAF to open up the house for periodic tours.
Umbrella House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Anton Grassl
Umbrella House
Photo: Anton Grassl, Esto
Cocoon House

Cocoon House

The 750 square foot structure was historically designated by the City of Sarasota in 1985 and is currently a rental property.

Walker Guest House Replica

In 2015, SAF built and exhibited a full-scale replica of architect Paul Rudolph’s iconic Walker Guest House on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum.

Walker Guest House Replica
Walker Guest House Replica
Photo: Dan Chavkin
Cocoon House, Construction

Do you know of a structure that should be a part of our preservation efforts?

We’d love to hear about it!