Replica of Paul Rudolph's Iconic 1952 Beach Cottage Through April 7, 2017

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, completed by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation on the beautiful campus of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, closed in October, 2016.

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 April, 2017.

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 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.

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 April, 2017.

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October 26th, 2016

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