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SAF's volunteer docents have greeted over 42,000 visitors since the Replica opened November 6, 2015.
"It's small on the outside and big on the inside."
When you enter the Walker Guest House Replica you feel a breeze and have a clear line of sight to the water on the Ringling Grounds. Paul Rudolph designed this modernist beach cottage that captures fresh air and light, bringing the outside in. The white wooden flaps are adjusted with the rope and pulley system like sails. Cleats inside the cottage are used to secure the ropes and round, red counterweights look like buoys.
The galley kitchen is compact like on a boat. The British Officer’s chairs made of white canvas look great against the Battleship Grey walls. You sense the influence of Rudolph’s WWII Naval experience.
Visitors return again and
again. “It’s like being on a
sailboat.” “It’s calm
in here.” “I wish this were mine.” "Seeing this [house], I'm now re-evaluating my life."
"[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
“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
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By Darrell Nicholson, Practical Sailor Blog
A sailors appreciation for Rudolph's "open screened pavilion - a gem of simplicity."
By Alex Beam, The Boston Globe
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Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida Features the Walker Guest House
2011 exhibit curated by Joyce Owens AIA, RIBA
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By Tammy Ayer, News-Press
On Paul Rudolph and Sarasota's Forgotten Modernist Mecca
By Rachel Doyle, Curbed
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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
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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
Trip to the original Walker Guest House, Sanibel, FL, August 2014
Animation by David Morrison
SAF's Walker Guest House Replica
Volunteer Docents Needed
The WGHR Timeline
1-13-14 Walker Guest House Launch Party
$75,000.00 donation by Dr. Michael Kalman
Dr. Michael Kalman