Sarasota Heroes, Part 2: Ralph Twitchell

Although Ralph Twitchell was not native to Florida, he quickly began blazing trails in architecture after me moved there in 1936. It was he who founded the legendary Sarasota School of Architecture and worked with some of the most radical architects of the day to build a new and distinguished style.

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Ralph Twitchell on site during construction of his cantilever roof house on Siesta Key near Sarasota, Florida, 1951. Photo courtesy of Florida Memory.

Together with Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell developed a style that defined an era in Florida architectural history.  Most of his works that still survive today are recognized as historical landmarks. Today we take a look at the work that set Sarasota apart from the rest of the country in the mid-2oth century.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Revere Quality Institute House, 1948. Photo courtesy of Sarasota History Alive.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Cocoon House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1951. Photo courtesy of Gator Preservationist.

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Walker Guest House, designed with Paul Rudolph, 1952. Photo by Ezra Stoller.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Leavengood Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Photography Spotlight: Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Hong Kong may be the most vertically-inclined city in the world, with over 7 million residents clustered into 426 square miles. No one has ever captured this vertical density quite so well as French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze, who took the following images for his new book, Vertical Horizon.

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All photos courtesy of Arch Daily.

November 19th, 2014|0 Comments

Christiania, Utopia or Rebel Hotbed?

Nestled right in the middle of Copenhagen lies Christiania, a “freetown” with its own set of rules, its own currency, and its own eccentric brand of architecture. The officials of Copenhagen tolerate the little city within a city, despite the tendency of residents to completely ignore state regulations and policies.

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Some 1000 people live in Christiania and have created their own little utopia of tiny, hand-built residences, cafes, and private business. There is a dark side however; some businesses openly illegally sell pot, hash, and other soft drugs. It is this complete disregard for federal laws that antagonizes city officials. What do you think, is the freetown of Christiania an idyllic refuge or a hotbed for aspiring rebels?

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All photos courtesy of Christiania.org.

November 18th, 2014|0 Comments

Sarasota Heroes, Part 1: Paul Rudolph

The Sarasota School of Architecture was not so much an actual school as it was a style. The unique branch of modern post-war architecture emerged in Florida and brought to light some of the most prominent architects of the day.

Paul Rudolph was one of the first pioneers of Brutalist architecture and a key figure of the Sarasota movement throughout the 1950s and ’60s. By the 1970s, however, his robust, intense architectural style was not appreciated by many of his peers in the United States, so he took his talents abroad. For this reason, Rudolph became a world-renowned name in the field of architecture and his works remain scattered across the far east.

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The Arthur W. Milam Residence, 1959. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – Claire T Carney Library, 1964. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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The Lippo Centre in Hong Kong, 1987. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

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Orange County Government Center, 1967. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The C. Richard Leavengood Residence, 1951. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The C. Richard Leavengood Residence, 1951. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Marion Miller Residence, 1948. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Ralph Twitchell Residence, 1941. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Ralph Twitchell Residence, 1941. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Tracey Towers Public Housing in New York, 1967. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Burnette Residence, 1950. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Edward Deeds Residence, 1949. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Edward Deeds Residence, 1949. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters, 1969. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Maynard E. Russell Residence, 1948. Photo courtesy of NC Modernist.

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The Concourse in Singapore, 1981. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

November 13th, 2014|1 Comment

Get Your Home Tour Fix This Fall

Home tour season is upon us! From Southern California right on up to Vancouver, there are home tours popping up everywhere in the coming months.  Below are a few that are open for reservations; find out more or buy tickets here.

Modern Homes of San Diego: September 27 11:00a – 5:00p

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Houston Modern Home Tour: September 20 11:00a – 5:00p

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Santa Fe Modern Homes: October 18 11:00a – 5:00p

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Vancouver 2014 Modern Home Tour: September 20 11:00a – 5:00p

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September 10th, 2014|0 Comments