It’s no secret that Sarasota is a special place and not only for its powder white beaches that rest on the edges of crystal clear water, a vibe that is relaxed yet buzzing with arts and culture, a walkable downtown, and manageable (compared to nearby cities) traffic. And it gets better. If you look around tucked into unexpected neighborhoods—Lido Shores, Siesta Key, the Bayfront—you will notice some of the most awe-inspiring mid-century modern architecture.
To recognize this stunning artistry, the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) presents the fourth annual SarasotaMOD Weekend, November 10-12. This year’s event honors the legacy of Sarasota School architect Edward J. “Tim” Seibert, FAIA.
This week, as part of MOD weekend, SAF held a celebration in honor of Paul Rudolph’s 99th birthday with special screenings, architecture talks, and cake and champagne. Rudolph was a pioneer in building Sarasota Modern style homes. He seamlessly transitioned indoor and outdoor spaces and thoughtfully planned out verandas and shade overhangs for reprieve from the Florida sun. One of his most innovative accomplishments was the Walker Guest House built in 1952 on Sanibel Island.
Janet Minker, a SAF Board of Directors Member says, “The Walker Guest House we call, ‘The original tiny house.”‘
Renowned Sarasota architect, who studied under Rudolph at Yale, and one of the featured MOD speakers, Carl Abbott, FAIA, calls it “a building in motion. Simple, clean, and so logical.”
Earlier this year, on the Ringling Museum’s grounds, a replica of Rudolph’s innovative Walker Guest House was on display and open for visitors to tour. Other notable projects include the Sanderling Beach Club, the Sarasota High School, and the Cocoon and Umbrella Houses.
The event kicks off with an evening celebrating Seibert on Friday, November 10, at his Hiss Studio on Lido Shores where SAF will present him with the Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award. The party continues next door at Rudolph’s famed Umbrella House.
The weekend’s celebrations continue with cocktail parties, presentations, film screenings, art exhibition, and house tours. New this year is the Seibert Siesta Key House on the Bay Tour.
There are a few other exciting new additions to look forward to this year. One that’s not to be missed is the Eames© Chair Art Auction. Abbott and nine other exceptional Sarasota artists will create original art on an iconic Eames© Chair, which will be auctioned off at this year’s event.
Online bidding will begin when the chairs are unveiled at the Kick-Off Party at the BOTA Center, hosted by MOD sponsor and developer Howard Davis, and bidding will continue throughout the weekend.
The artists’ chairs will be on display at Home Resource. The auction will help raise funds to benefit the SAF’s ongoing programs that educate and create awareness about the importance of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement. Chair winners will be announced at 11:30 am on Sunday, November 12, at the SarasotaMOD Rosemary District Walking Tour at Home Resource.
For more information, tickets, and full event schedule visit, www.sarasotamod.com
Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and advocates to preserve the midcentury modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles. SAF-SRQ.org