SAF House Tour + Talk: Carl Abbott's Villa Cedro

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • 4637 Hidden Forest Drive, Sarasota, FL 34235
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Join fellow SAF Members for a very special afternoon with one of Florida's most celebrated architects, Carl Abbott, FAIA. We'll first tour the award-winning Villa Cedro, designed in 1984, and then enjoy a talk by Carl Abbott during a wine reception on the lush, shaded deck.

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Sponsored by
Elizabeth Van Riper, Realtor®, Michael Saunders & Company

About Villa Cedro

To take full advantage of the surrounding forest’s incredible beauty, this 6,152 square foot house reaches out across an expansive site. After studying existing tree locations and the changing light patterns, architect Carl Abbott determined that the house should be pulled back to the north to allow the largest possible area of the south forest to become the main space.

The house is ‘Y’ shaped in plan, forming linear wings. The angle where these solid walls meet forms the home’s entry. From here, the public spaces open wide to the trees and sky. Majestic live oaks, pines, flowering vines, stands of bamboo, fruit trees, a 50-foot, heated lap pool and extensive deck create gracious entertaining areas.

The northerly walls of the house are more solid, offering protection from winter winds. Across an expansive breezeway are the more private spaces.

The floor-to-ceiling fireplaces are crafted from slabs of Florida keystone. Western Red Cedar siding is the dominant material both inside and out of this multi-level home, blending into the trees and becoming one with the land.

About Architect Carl Abbott

Carl Abbott, FAIA, began his career at the University of Florida, where his focus was on landscape and architecture. He later received his Master’s at Yale, studying under Paul Rudolph.

Abbott went on to practice in the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, and in Europe as part of TEAM4 with Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He then worked with I.M. Pei at New College and in 1966, opened his own office in Sarasota, becoming part of the respected ‘Sarasota School of Architecture’ movement.

Abbott received the Medal of Honor for Design as well as the highest number of ‘Test of Time’ awards given by the AIA “for buildings of enduring significance to the people of the region”. He was honored by the University of Florida as a Distinguished Alumnus and recently received UF’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Abbott has lectured for many groups including the World Monument Fund, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, DocoMomo, Harvard, Yale and at the Playa Global Conference about the ancient civilization of the Maya.

In the book “IN/FORMED by the LAND: The Architecture of Carl Abbott”, Robert McCarter wrote, “Abbott has practiced his craft with a consistency of elegance and experiential quality unparalleled by almost any other architect of his generation.”

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