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.
Walker Guest House Replica, Photo: Anton Gressl, Esto
Walker Guest House Replica, Photo: Anton Gressl, Esto

Architect

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, Photo: Anton Gressl, Esto
Walker Guest House Replica
Walker Guest House Replica
Walker Guest House Replica
Photo: Dan Chavkin

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.

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Other Designs by Paul Rudolph

Walker Guest House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Ezra Stoller

Walker Guest House

This project was Paul Rudolph’s first after breaking his partnership with Ralph Twitchell in 1952. Because of its spatial efficiency and environmental features, it is one of the most exemplary structures of the “Sarasota School.”

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Cohen Residence, Architect: Paul Rudolph

Cohen Residence

The house was built in 1955 for former City of Sarasota Mayor David Cohen and his wife, Eleene, is a classic example of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, with glass walls that open completely to the elements.

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Deering Residence, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Ezra Stoller

Deering Residence

Constructed primarily of stacked lime blocks and exposed cypress, this two-bedroom beach house is an exercise in spatial complexity and the blending of inside with outside.

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Martin Harkavy House, Architect: Paul Rudolph

Martin Harkavy House

With broad overhangs, thin framing, delicate screens, and open carport, the original house seems both light and monumental. A two-story glass living room at the rear opens to a private garden.

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Burkhardt Residence, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Emily Cain

Burkhardt Residence

Rudolph planned this house as two units – one public and one private, which are connected by an 22-ft x 40-ft open-air living room with 12-ft-tall ceilings, full-height glass and a skylight that runs its entire 40-ft length.

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Sarasota High School Addition

SHS Rudolph Canopies

Further to its efforts with the School Board of Sarasota County on the renovation of Paul Rudolph’s 1960 Sarasota High School, in 2018, SAF, in partnership with the Sarasota Art Museum, worked to dedicate the concrete canopies…

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Sarasota High School Addition

Sarasota High School

A successor to Rudolph’s Riverview High School also in Sarasota (built 1958, demolished 2009), Sarasota High School is the equivalent of all the principles that Paul Rudolph developed…

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Umbrella House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Anton Grassl

Umbrella House

Built as a speculative house for the contemporary development Lido Shores to attract attention from the road, the Umbrella House measures about 2,000 square feet…

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