Carl Abbott is an original practitioner of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Over the four decades of his Sarasota practice, Abbott has adapted the thinking behind Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture to designs appropriate to the subtropics. He is the honorary chairman of Sarasota MOD Weekend.
Philip Hanson Hiss (1910-1988) was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 20, Hiss independently toured South America on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and in the 1930s sailed around the world. As an amateur anthropologist and photographer, Hiss published books describing the customs, art and architecture of Bali (1941) and the Dutch Antilles (1943).
Victor A. Lundy (b. 1923) was born in New York City to Russian immigrant parents. Talented in painting and drawing as a child, Lundy studied architecture at New York University before World War II. After the war, Lundy completed his studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, which at the time was being run by German émigré and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius.
Paul Rudolph (1918-1997), born in Elkton, Kentucky, was the son of a Methodist minister. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later Auburn University) in 1940, and worked with Sarasota architect Ralph Twitchell during the summer of 1941 before attending Harvard University and studying under Walter Gropius.
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Carl Abbott’s Summerhouse Restaurant—pictured here in 1975—was a “glass pavilion set in a tropical jungle” and the height of Sarasota nightlife. Take a trip down memory lane and read the…