Frank and I often take bike rides around Sarasota and are amazed at the number of homes we see that are a modern architectural style. I learned that this style is called the Sarasota School of Architecture or Sarasota Modern. It is a regional style of post-war architecture (mostly built between 1941 and 1966) that emerged on Florida’s Central West Coast. It was a time when this style achieved its most pure, elegant form. Many of the architects who pioneered this style became world-renowned later in their careers, and several significant buildings remain in Sarasota, Florida today. Here are a few we found in and around the city.
The house below is called the Cocoon House and has a concave roof and jalousie walls that open and close to let in air and the outdoors.
Many of the original homes were of modest size, like the 900 square foot beauty below, known as the “jewel box”.
Lovely terrazzo floors are found throughout these homes. Terrazzo is a composite material, poured in place or precast, which was used for floors in most of these homes. It consists of marble, quartz, granite, glass, or other suitable chips, sprinkled or unsprinkled, and poured with a binder. When polished, they are stunning.
An enclave of these homes are located on an island called Lido Shores, so of course, we just had to drive over to take a look at some of these significant buildings, including the one below by Paul Rudolf, called the Umbrella House. If by chance you are in Sarasota November 6 – 8 there is a whole weekend of tours and celebrations of this famous modernist architect, called Sarasota MOD Week. Or if you just want to learn more about this style.
P.S. – An Update
In keeping with our modern look, Frank and I purchased this painting from local artist Lori Simons. We liked it so much, we’ve bought another!