SAF Events

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation features lectures, house tours and film events.

The Lecture Series features presentations and discussions by distinguished architects and designers. Topics include "Mid-Century Modernism", "Regional Modernism: The Florida Work of Paul M. Rudolph" and "Modernism and World's Fairs: from London to Shanghai".

SAF House Tours enable members and guests to tour architecturally significant homes and talk with architects, designers, contractors and homeowners while enjoying wine and light fare.

Questions call 941.364.2199 or to reserve.
Admission costs vary and are payable online with PayPal and at each event, cash or check.
All media inquiries call 941-487-8728.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, May 01, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Lemur Conservation Foundation, 10305 Brendle Road, Myakka City, FL 34251
    Registration is closed
    The Lemur tour has sold out.

    Question: What’s the connection between Paul Rudolph and 40 local Lemurs?

    May 1st Lemur Reserve Tour

    Can’t guess? Well, there are two surprises here. Most Sarasotans don’t even know about the 120-acre Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) Reserve in Myakka City, home to six species of these totally captivating prosimians indigenous to Madagascar. The Reserve is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs, through programs of scientific research and education. With their native habitat constantly threatened by deforestation, the Reserve is a figurative Ark in the middle of southwest Florida.

    Any thoughts as to the Paul Rudolph connection? It turns out that the Reserve property was purchased with proceeds from the sale of the Rudolph-designed Green residence in Buck’s County, PA. This was the forward-thinking concept of LCF Vice Chair Penelope Bodry-Sanders, who generously engineered the plan and donated the initial funds.

    Thanks to SAF Board Member Anne Essner, our group of 20 has been given a rare opportunity to visit the Lemur Reserve on Sunday, May 1. We’ll start with informative talks by LCF Executive Director Alison Grand, PhD, and SAF Board Member and Architecture Historian Christopher Wilson, PhD, followed by a guided tour of the facility. Best of all, we will walk among the lemurs in their lush forest, and might even catch a glimpse of the lemur babies born in April.

    The Reserve is not open to the public, so this is likely your only chance Paul Rudolph's Green Residence 1968to have an up-close lemur experience outside of a 26-hour journey to Madagascar. The tax-deductible admission will be divided between LCF and SAF. This is an outing you’ll surely remember for years to come, and your participation benefits two very important causes.

    The Reserve is about a 55-minute drive from downtown Sarasota. If you are interested in lunch before the tour, we’ll meet at 11:45 am at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse (19 East Road, off Fruitville Road, located between downtown Sarasota and the Lemur Reserve). Lunch will be a la carte and is not included in the event price. Check the menu by clicking

    As space is very limited and the event will not be repeated, we suggest you purchase tickets online as soon as possible. This will be an afternoon to remember!

    Sunday, May 1, 2016
    Lemur Reserve Tour

    11:45 am to 1:15 pm - Lunch, not included in event price, Stottlemyer's Smokehouse, 19 East Road, Sarasota, FL 34240

    2:00 to 4:00 pm - Lemur Reserve Tour and Talk,

    10305 Brendle Road, Myakka City, FL 34251

    Advance, Limited Tour Tickets $100

    Click for map from Stottlemyer's Smokehouse to the Lemur Conservation Foundation.
    • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Academic Center Auditorium, 2699 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota, FL 34234

    Film Screening: "A Girl is a Fellow Here - 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright"

    Panel Discussion: "Women in Architecture"

    At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. In his studio in Oak Park and at both Taliesin Fellowships, Wright trained and practiced with women as draftsmen, designers, and fellow visionaries. They are Frank Lloyd Wright's unknown legacy, and their practice forms a legacy for all women working in architecture today. 2009, 20 minutes. Produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, who's mission is changing the culture of the design and construction industry, for women, through education and research.

    Please join SAF for a screening of this remarkable documentary and stay for the informative and timely panel discussion afterwards.

    Joyce Owens AIA, RIBA, Architecture Joyce Owens
    Tatiana White AIA, Tatiana White
    Selma Göker Wilson RIBA, Solstice Architects

    Moderator Anne-Marie Russell, executive director of the Sarasota Museum of Art, a division of Ringling College of Art + Design

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Academic Center Auditorium
    2699 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota, FL 34234

    Parking is available after 4:30 pm on all of the campus lots, including those marked for "Faculty and Staff only".

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