Replica of Paul Rudolph's Iconic 1952 Beach Cottage Ready for Visitors

Read more about A replica of architect Paul Rudolph's 1952 Walker Guest House at The Ringling museum 

Construction of a stunning replica of architect Paul Rudolph's iconic 1952 Walker Guest House has just been completed by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation on the beautiful campus of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Rudolph was known for his use of concrete and highly complex floor plans. His most famous work is the Yale Art and Architecture Building (A&A Building), a spatially complex Brutalist structure using the movement's signature raw stripped down concrete style.

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation has constructed a replica of Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House (aka Cannonball House). The replica, based on the original house built in 1952 on Sanibel, Florida, will officially open on the grounds of The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art during SarasotaMOD Weekend November 6 - 8 2015 and remain on exhibit until October 2016.

Visitors will be able to tour the interior and exterior of the 580-square-foot house, learn about Paul Rudolph and discover the principles of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Ultimately, the house will travel as a mobile education studio to art venues across the US.

The grand opening of the exhibit is November 6, the first night of SarasotaMOD, a festival of mid-century modern architecture that this year celebrates Rudolph.

The simple yet elegant 24-by-24-foot guest house was designed by Rudolph specifically for the subtropical climate of Dr. Walter Walker's property on Sanibel Island, Florida. The residence was named one of the most important houses of the twentieth century in a 1957 survey of "Architectural Record" readers, along with Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson's Glass House.

The structure was built using Rudolph's original plans and is furnished as the original house was in 1953. The furnishings and their placement are based on highly detailed interior images taken by legendary architectural photographer Ezra Stoller. Guests will be able to sit on a Rudolph-designed daybed, flip through the pages of period magazines and view kitchen cabinets filled with vintage dinnerware.

Rudolph's House in Sarasota

A complementary exhibition of photographs, models, drawings and writings at The Ringling, Paul Rudolph: The Guest Houses, will be open until December 6.

Tickets to SarasotaMOD Weekend events, including the Opening Night Party at the Walker Guest House Replica and other parties, presentations and tours are now available at Ticket availability is limited, and visitors are encouraged to purchase theirs soon.

Events throughout the three-day weekend will be held in spectacular spaces rarely open to the public, including Rudolph's renowned 1953 Umbrella House and his newly-renovated 1960 addition at Sarasota High School.

Visiting The Replica

The Replica is on The Ringling grounds near the playground and between the Searing Wing and the Mable Ringling Rose Garden. The house will remain on exhibit until October 2016.

Be sure to see The Ringling's complementary exhibit "Paul Rudolph's Guest Houses" with vintage photography, drawings and architectural models, on display until December 6, 2015.

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October 26th, 2015

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