"As an SAF docent, it has been my pleasure to share this perfect haiku of a building. The Walker Guest House Replica may be the area’s best kept secret. More than 30,000 visitors have discovered the visionary building designed by architect Paul Rudolph, to their utter delight, since it opened on November 6, 2015. We’ve hosted devotees of the tiny house movement, and people who simply come upon the guest house, enter it, and fall in love. A British architect walked around the building several times, came inside and began to weep, so moved was she by its purity. A young boy asked, “Is this the house of the future?" The Replica is a true gift to the people of Sarasota.
— David Sadkin
"[The house] crouches like a spider in the sand."
Paul Rudolph described the Walker Guest House as his own personal Florida favorite. "The Sarasota School of Architecture: 1941-1966" By John Howey, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1997
Thank You Walker Guest House Replica Donors Over 50 individuals, foundations and companies have contributed to this special project. Please join SAF in this important effort. Your donations will support the ongoing volunteer docent program, house maintenance and educational materials. Call Elliott Himelfarb at 941-376-0616, email@example.com, for more details. Donate Online
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The Sarasota Architectural Foundation 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, officially opened November 6, 2015 during SarasotaMOD Weekend on the grounds of The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art and will remain on exhibit until April 6, 2017. Visitors may 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 movement. Ultimately, the house will travel as a mobile education studio to museum venues across the US.
“This is a very unusual ‘preservation’ project because we are building fresh from scratch, from the original [Rudolph] drawings,” says architect Joe King, co-author of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and construction manager of the Walker Guest House replica.
McCalls Magazine 1953 article with photos by Ezra Stoller
Remaking Rudolph: Sarasota Architectural Foundation takes its mission to the streets with this replica of the Walker Guest House By Phil Lederer, photography by Wyatt Kostygan, SRQ Magazine http://bit.ly/1QXMFDR
Long Regarded as an Architecture Lovers Shrine, Sarasota, Florida Attracts Fresh Fans By Paul Abercrombie, The Washington Post http://wapo.st/1Zr62Yn
July 10, 2015 - The structure is completed at King Ranch, taken apart and packed onto pallets for transportation to The Ringling.
10 - Site preparation
17 - Footings and foundations poured (see above)
24 - Components moved from King Ranch
25 - Reassembly begins
September 1 - Tropical storm Erika tarp installed 3 - Water-proof roof membrane attached (see above)
21- Insulation installed in the ceiling
8 - Interior finishes are completed, including flooring and paint
14 - Master cabinetmaker Dale Rieke installs kitchen cabinets and sink
22 - Furniture installed, including the Rudolph-designed pieces that Dale is fabricating — sofa, dining room table, coffee table, bookcase 24 - Volunteer Docent Orientation at The Ringling
26 - Accessories installed, final clean-up
28 - Preview for the Herald-Tribune
4 - Preview for The Ringling's Circle Members Dinner
6 - Official opening at SarasotaMOD 2015 17 - Over 2,000 visitors have toured the Replica!
December 5 - Conversation about Paul Rudolph with architect Joe King, including tour of the Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling 18 - Walker Guest House Replica Docent Orientation at The Ringling
January 2016 30 - Walker Guest House Replica Docent Orientation at The Ringling
WGHR Fundraising Events
5-31-15 BBQ at King Ranch
Preview of the Walker Guest House Replica
3-22-15 Cooney House Cocktail Party
$13,000.00(doubled by a $25,000 matching grant)
2-22-15 Lido Key House Tour
$1,930.00(doubled by a $25,000 matching grant)
5-13-14 Denton - Serrano Party $17,371.00
5-6-14 2014 Giving Challenge
The 2014 Giving Challenge was made possible by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, The Patterson Foundation, Manatee Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, and the Charlotte Community Foundation.
1-13-14 Walker Guest House Launch Party $75,000.00donation by Dr. Michael Kalman
to the Sarasota Architectural Foundation are tax-deductible to the
fullest extent of the law. For further information, please contact your
tax advisor. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation and
a mailed receipt upon completion of the transaction.
If you wish to mail a donation, please send a check, payable to SAF, and mail to: SAF, PO Box 2911, Sarasota, FL 34230.
Sarasota Architectural Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, and advocates to preserve its midcentury modern structures. A copy of our official registration and financial
information #SC-1050 may be obtained from the Florida Division of
Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free 800-435-7352 within the state.
Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by
the state. FEIN 04-3699738.
Dr. Michael Kalman
The Ringling: Steven High, Matthew McLendon, Dwight Currie, Chris Jones, Ron McCarty, Joan Horrvich
Elaine Walker and family Carla Murray
Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA
Joe King and Old Cypress Construction: Jim Carlton Greg Maynard, Shane Carr, Justin Rodriguez
ProBuild, Bradenton, FL
Sarasota Architectural Foundation Members
John Pirman, illustration Jenny Acheson, photography Dale Rieke, woodworking Sean Khorsandi, David Morrison, model
Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House AIA's Best Residential Building in the State of Florida