Walker Guest House Replica
This 24-foot by 24-foot wood-and-glass structure, nicknamed “Spider in the Sand” by Rudolph, is an exemplary exercise in efficient space planning and environmental design. It features large plywood panels that pivot to provide sun shading and wind protection.
Paul Rudolph, 1952
Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House was constructed on Sanibel Island, about 100 miles south of Sarasota, in 1952.
The Cannonball House
The panels are moved using spherical red counterweights, giving the structure another nickname, “The Cannonball House.”
Walker Guest House Replica Today
In 2015, SAF constructed the “Walker Guest House Replica” — a one-to-one replica of this original with period furnishings — on the grounds of the Ringling Museum (image above), offering free tours to museum visitors that were staffed by SAF volunteers.
Until its dismantlement in 2017, over 58,000 visitors toured the inside of the Walker Guest House Replica and more than 500,000 Ringling Museum visitors saw the building’s exterior.
SAF’s Walker Guest House Replica was on display in Palm Springs, California until February 2020. The replica was sold to private owner in California.