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

    • Tuesday, September 01, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Burns Court Cinema, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 96

    John Lautner (1911 - 1994) was one of last century’s important contemporary American architects. His work was concerned with the relationship of the human being to space and of space to nature. “Shelter,” he said, “is the most basic human need.”

    After graduating with a degree in English from the Northern Michigan University (then Northern State Teachers College), Lautner became an apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright for six years, joining the first group of Taliesin Fellows. In 1937 he supervised the construction of two of Wright’s projects, and two years later established his own practice in Los Angeles. His first solo project was a house for his own family, which architectural critic Henry-Russell Hitchcock called “the best house by an architect under 30 in the United States.” Later Hitchcock remarked that “Lautner’s work could stand comparison with that of his master.” A comparison, incidentally, that Lautner himself would have been reluctant to make, given his lifelong devotion to Mr. Wright.

    Lautner practiced architecture for more than 55 years, designing unusual and unique residences in and near Los Angeles, including Silvertop, the Chemosphere, the Sheats/Goldstein residence, the Levy residence and the Elrod residence (Palm Springs, CA).

    In 1970, he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for Excellence in Design and he was named Architect for the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. In 1993, he received the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles AIA chapter for his lifetime achievement.

    "Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner"
    2008, Director Murray Grigor, 90 minutes

    6:30 pm – Doors open, check-in
    7:00 − 7:15 pm Introduction
    7:15 − 8:45 pm Film Screening
    8:45 − 9:00 pm Q & A

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    Shown above: The Arthur Elrod House (1968), Palm Springs, CA, photo © Joshua White.

    • Tuesday, October 06, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 99

    Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

    Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, "Visual Acoustics" is a documentary film that explores the life and career of the architectural photographer Julius Shulman, who died at age 98 in 2009. Shulman was widely considered to be the world’s greatest and most well-known architectural photographer. The film highlights his iconic photos which were frequently populated with human models and striking landscapes, often combining the organic with the synthetic and melding nature with contemporary design. The film highlights how these images shaped the careers of some of the great architects of the 20th Century, notably Richard Neutra, John Lautner and the Case Study Architects. His iconic image of Case Study House #22 (shown) is one of the most well-known and widely distributed photographs of Modernist architecture.

    83 minutes, Director Eric Bricker, 2008

    Burns Court Cinema
    506 Burns Court
    Sarasota, FL 34236

    6:30 pm – Doors open, check-in
    7:00 − 7:15 pm Introduction
    7:15 − 8:38 pm Film Screening
    8:38 − 9:00 pm Q & A

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