Frank Folsom Smith

Frank Folsom Smith (b. 1931) was born in Philadelphia, and his family subsequently moved to Virginia Beach in 1932. Smith is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has made an indelible mark on Sarasota’s cityscape.
In the 1980s, Smith rehabilitated over 20 downtown Sarasota buildings built in the 1920s; several, known as the Burns Court Historical District, are now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Frank Folsom Smith
Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider
Plymouth Harbor

Awards

Smith was at the leading edge of retirement center design with Plymouth Harbor, which received the FAAIA Honor and the Test of Time awards.
He also won the FAAIA Honor Award for Sandy Cove on Siesta Key.

Architecture by Frank Folsom Smith

Plymouth Harbor, Architect: Frank Folsom Smith and Louis F. Schneider, Photo: Sarasota Magazine

Plymouth Harbor

At the time this structure was built, it was the tallest in Sarasota, and according to lead architect Frank Folsom Smith, it prompted the City of Sarasota to limit the height of buildings to 25 stories.

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News about Frank Folsom Smith Architecture

Revere Quality House, Architect: Paul Rudolph, Photo: Wayne Eastep

Upcoming House Tours

Join us on a tour of the Revere Quality House, Cocoon House and the Umbrella House in July – September, 2021. You can purchase your tickets below…

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Exciting News for Architecture in Sarasota

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Architecture Sarasota and the Sarasota Architectural Foundation are joining forces to create one organization called Architecture Sarasota, to be led by Executive Director Anne-Marie Russell.

Carl Abbott

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Architects work with a variety of elements. Time is one of them—and Carl Abbott knows it. He was perhaps the youngest Sarasota School architect; he’s now the…

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SarasotaMOD Weekend 2020 honors Carl Abbott’s architectural legacy. The pandemic couldn’t stop it — clever thinking saved the day. Thanks to the pandemic, most folks have been…

Featured Architects and Designs

Revere Quality House
Paul Rudolph
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Hugh Given House
Philip Hanson Hiss, 1951
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Hiss Studio
Edward "Tim" Siebert, 1952
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Walker Guest House
Paul Rudolph, 1952
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Sanderling Beach Club
Paul Rudolph, 1952
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Umbrella House
Paul Rudolph, 1953
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Cohen Residence
Paul Rudolph, 1955
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DeVries/Craig Residence
Edward "Tim" Siebert, 1955
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Martin Harkavy House
Paul Rudolph, 1957
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Deering Residence
Paul Rudolph, 1957
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Burkhardt Residence
Paul Rudolph, 1957
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Warm Mineral Springs Inn
Victor Lundy, 1958
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Philip Hanson Hiss, 1959
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Mrs. Adelia Dolan House
Philip Hanson Hiss, 1959
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Scott Building
Joseph Farrell
and William Rupp, 1960
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Plymouth Harbor
Frank Folsom Smith
and Louis F. Schneider, 1966
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Victor Lundy, 1969
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Fellowship Hall
Casa De Cielo
Carl Abbott - 1982
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Saul & Florence Putterman Residence
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Donald C. Chapell, 2000
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