Sarasota Modern Architecture

Sarasota School of ArchitectureOf all the art forms that have contributed to Sarasota's unique status as a town where creativity is in our DNA, architecture remains the poor stepchild.

The performing arts are so ingrained with the local economy and the town's image of itself that people love them, whether they attend or not. Individual artists are fussed over endlessly, at the Chalk Festival, the Film Festival, the Improv Festival, RIAF and a host of other events. And the circus—what Sarasotan's heart doesn't swell with pride at our incredible heritage and, thanks to Nik Wallenda, the second wind it's getting?

Umbrella House Sarasota Paul RudolphAnd then there's architecture.

It seems that there's always some fight going on. This building must be saved, one faction says. Tear it down, says another—much larger—faction. Just about any new, unusual building creates a feeling of shock and outrage. Only public art—that series of enormous sculptures that decorate the bayfront—arouses the town's passions more.

This is ironic, because to many in the outside world Sarasota is regarded as an architectural shrine. Architecture lovers come from all over to look at our famous structures firsthand.Paul Rudolph Cohen House Sarasota Sure, every town has an interesting building or two, but we're different. The Sarasota School of Architecture, seen with the hindsight of 60 years or more, is becoming recognized as not just one of many regional styles of modern architecture but a defining moment. This was the time and place where mid-century architecture achieved its purest, most elegant form. Many people find these buildings inspiring, the way great art is inspiring. And with the success of Mad Men, the potential fan base has been increased dramatically.

Cocoon House Ralph Twitchell Paul Rudolph SarasotaThey're not just art; they've become part of our popular culture.

And people do come to see them. The Hiss Studio and the Umbrella House have become underground tourist attractions in their own right, with cars slowing down to get a good look and people getting out their cell phones and cameras to take pictures. Fortunately, both of them deliver the goods. Just as The Last Supper or Rembrandt's Nightwatch provoke a little spasm of aesthetic pleasure in the right person, so do these two mid-century modern beach houses. Then, when the architecture lover catches his breath and his heartbeat returns to normal, it's off to St. Armands Circle, where, pleasantly lulled by his once-in-a-lifetime experience, he'll overspend on dinner.

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