Walker Guest House Replica


Paul Rudolph’s Walker Guest House was constructed on Sanibel Island, about 100 miles south of Sarasota in 1952. This 24-foot by 24-foot wood-and-glass structure, nicknamed “The Spider in the Sand” by Rudolph, is an exemplary exercise in efficient space planning and environmental design. It features large plywood panels which pivot using red round counterweights to provide sun shading and wind protection, giving the structure another nickname, “The Cannonball House.”

In 2015, the SAF constructed a one-to-one replica of this house, with period furnishings, on the grounds of the Ringling Museum, offering free tours to museum visitors that were staffed by SAF volunteers. Over 5,000 people toured the structure until its dismantlement in 2017. The SAF’s Walker Guest House Replica is currently on display in Palm Springs, California, and will remain there until February 2020.

Walker Guest House
Photograph by Dan Chavkin