"[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, maintenance and educational materials. Call Elliott Himelfarb at 941-376-0616 for more details. Donate Online

To schedule an event at the Replica, please contact info@saf-srq.org.


Visit Sarasota County

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

Long Regarded as an Architecture Lovers Shrine, Sarasota, Florida Attracts Fresh Fans
By Paul Abercrombie, The Washington Post

Shaken and Stirred by Sarasota's Midcentury Homes
By Paul Abercrombie, Washington Post, philly.com

Midcentury Marvel by Paul Rudolph Recreated Down to the Last Detail
By Patrict Sisson, photography by Christopher Mottalini, Curbed.com

A Florida Midcentury House Unlocks the Era—and Its Architect
By Timothy Rohan,

Watching This Paul Rudolph-Designed Panel Go Up and Down Is Mesmerizing

The Walker Guest House: Replicating an Icon
By Harold Bubil, Herald-Tribune

First look Inside the Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling
Photos By Harold Bubil, Herald-Tribune

This New House: Joe King Honors Architectural Hero
By Nick
Reichert, Your Observer

Art You Can Live In:
Iconic Paul Rudolph home on Sanibel replicated for exhibition
By Nancy Stetson, Florida Weekly

Sanibel's Walker Guest House Replica at SarasotaMOD
By Cathy Chestnut, News-Press

Tiny house on Sanibel Island stands as a simple symbol of a hopeful era

By Alastair Gordon, Miami-Herald

A Spider in the Sand – Paul Rudolph's Antidote to Cold War Paranoia
By Alastair Gordon, Wall to Wall Blog

Rigged for Living in Small Spaces
By Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor Blog
A sailors appreciation for Rudolph's "open screened pavilion - a gem of simplicity."

Ca' d'Zan to get Temporary Guest
By Harold Bubil, Herald-Tribune

Copy of Architect's Creation Under Construction
By Tammy Ayer, News-Press

The Architect to Whom One Cannot Remain Indifferent
By Alex Beam, The Boston Globe


Paul Rudolph's Iconic Walker Guest House to be Re-Constructed | ArchDaily

Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida Features the Walker Guest House
2011 exhibit curated by Joyce Owens AIA, RIBA

Paul Rudolph's house on Sanibel was architect's favorite
By Tammy Ayer, News-Press

On Paul Rudolph and Sarasota's Forgotten Modernist Mecca
By Rachel Doyle, Curbed

Legendary Paul Rudolph Home is Getting a Touring Replica
By Spencer Peterson, Curbed

US Modernist George Smart interview with architect Joe King about Paul Rudolph and SAF's Walker Guest House Replica, July 14, 2015. http://www.usmodernist.libsyn.com

HGTV Extreme Homes
Beach-Side Spider House

The original Walker Guest House on Sanibel Island with architect Joyce Owens AIA, RIBA


A Spider in the Sand - The Walker Guest House, Sanibel, Florida
April 2015, Video by Manuel Perez-Trujillo, Produced by Alastair Gordon and Henry Rueda

Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House Replica at The Ringling

By Liam Ball,

Trip to the original Walker Guest House, Sanibel, FL, August 2014

Animation by David Morrison

SAF's Walker Guest House Replica
On the grounds of The Ringling
November 6, 2015 – April 2017

Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm
Free for all visitors, museum admission not required
Wheelchair accessible

"It's small on the outside
and big on the inside."
— 9 year old visitor

Top: Walker Guest House illustration by John Pirman.
Left: Walker Guest House Replica photo © ESTO / Anton Grassl

Volunteer Docents
Join SAF's docent team and lead tours at the Walker Guest House Replica (WGHR) exhibit at The Ringling.

Upcoming Docent Training Sessions
Please contact Anne Marie Bergevin to register: 941-224-5469, docents@saf-srq.org

Friday, May 20, 2016

9 am to 1 pm

The Ringling, Education Building
5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota FL 34243

> Download the WGHR Docent Application

The WGHR Timeline

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


1 - Tropical storm Erika tarp installed
3 - Water-proof roof membrane attached (see
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 Member
SarasotaMOD Weekend 2015s Dinner
6 - Official opening at SarasotaMOD 2015
17 - Over 2,000 visitors have toured the Replica!

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
(doubled by a $25,000 matching grant)

2-22-15 Lido Key House Tour
(doubled by a $25,000 matching grant)

5-13-14 Denton - Serrano Party


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
donation by Dr. Michael Kalman

Donate Online

Donations 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.

The 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.

Thank You

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

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