SarasotaMOD Weekend November 6-8th – Honoring Carl Abbott FAIA

SarasotaMOD Weekend has come together – – and it’s going to be a smash!  Architect Carl Abbott, this year’s MOD honoree, has joined forces with us to make this MOD a “can’t miss” event. Visit the MOD Ticketing Website to purchase tickets now!  Please note that, due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the availability of tickets is very limited.

Here’s what’s in store: Catch the virtual presentation world premiere of “In/Formed by the Land: Carl Abbott’s Architecture for Nature,” which will be streamed online on Friday at 6 pm.  Hear Carl speak about his career, his influences and his projects with Anne-Marie Russell, Executive Director of the Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College and curator of “Carl Abbott’s Architecture for Nature” exhibition.  Experience Carl in another role, as sculptor, at the Art Center Sarasota “Carl Abbott” exhibit.  Timed tickets required; obtain free passes on the SarasotaMOD website. Carl has personally curated “Carl by Car,” MOD’s self-guided driving tours featuring some of his favorite residential and commercial projects. “Carl & Co. by Kayak” will offer a novel waterside vantage to some of Carl’s projects, along with houses by other Sarasota School and modern architects.  Lido Shores goes outside with its “Gulf & Gardens” Walking Tour, offering exterior access to gulf, bayou and bay view homes – – some new this year and others rarely seen.  

You can read more about what to expect during this year’s MOD Weekend in the post from Sarasota Magazine here.

I hope you can see now is a great time to be an SAF member!  If you aren’t a current member, renew or rejoin to get all of the benefits of membership. We look forward to welcoming you to SarasotaMOD Weekend!


Anne Essner
SAF Board Chair   

SarasotaMOD & Covid-19
With Covid-19 in mind, SAF has redesigned MOD to meet CDC guidelines.  Safety considerations include timed entries, smaller groups, open-air settings and mandatory face coverings.  As a result, ticket availability will be limited and events are likely to sell out quickly.  However, as an SAF member, you will be given early access to purchase tickets in advance of general public sales.

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John Pirman Illustrates the Summerhouse Restaurant

SAF has again commissioned Sarasota resident and artist John Pirman to create the official illustration for its seventh-annual SarasotaMOD Weekend. Pirman has been tapped to provide an iconic image for SarasotaMOD each year since 2014. In honor of this year’s festival, John has created an original artwork depicting Siesta Key’s Summerhouse Restaurant, which was designed in 1975 by Carl Abbott FAIA.  John will be signing posters at the MOD Shop Saturday afternoon, November 7th.

“The more I learned about the architecture, the more I realized these buildings are so much a part of who we are as a community. They need to be recognized, preserved, and celebrated. I became a member of SAF to support these values,” says Pirman.  My art reaches out by bringing awareness of our architectural legacy which enriches our lives, and makes this town a great place to live in.”

Pirman explains that the Carl Abbott designed Summerhouse Restaurant with all its glass, vast ceilings, and tropical environment, is a famous example of Carl’s work showcasing all the modernist aspects of the Sarasota School of Architecture.