SAF House Tour + Talk: The Original Walker Guest House

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • 4143 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island FL
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Explore Rudolph's original Walker Guest House
with Joyce Owens and Joe King!

Join the SAF at the original "Walker Guest House" on Sanibel Island, off the coast of Ft. Myers. Designed by Paul Rudolph in 1953 - his first commission after leaving Ralph Twitchell - the Walker Guest House has a compact floor plan that provides living, dining, sleeping, kitchen and bathroom spaces - all within only 476 square feet. The house's 8' x 8' exterior flaps can be adjusted for privacy, views, the wind, and can also be used as overhead shading for exterior spaces.

The Walker Guest House is such an outstanding and exemplary structure of the "Sarasota School" that the SAF exhibited its replica on the grounds of The Ringling Museum between November 2015 and April 2017 in order to educate the public about the building's continued relevance to today. Contemporary interest in "tiny houses" and sustainability and climate issues have proven this to be correct.

Joe King is an architect and contractor practicing on the west coast of Florida. His design andconstruction work reflects his interest in the region’s development and natural history.

King's company, Old Cypress Construction, built SAF's Replica of the Paul Rudolph-designed Walker Guest House (1952), which was exhibited on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from November 2015 through April 2017.

A third-generation Florida native and a graduate of Georgia Tech and Emory University, King has written and lectured extensively on Florida design and building. He is the co-author, with Christopher Domin, of Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses. The book and traveling exhibit received the Outstanding Book Award by the Society of Architectural Historians, Southeast. King is also the author of Tour Venice Architecture, which earned the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. His other awards include: Outstanding Private Development for his river forest neighborhood by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association; the Leadership Award by the Governor’s Council for Sustainable Florida; and recognition by the Florida Department of Community Affairs for his film, Developing a Better Way: Using Low Impact Development Strategies. King’s exhibit, “J West Architect: Sixty Years of Sarasota Design,” received the Outstanding Achievement award by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

Joyce Owens, AIA, RIBA is a Ft. Myers-based architect, speaker, columnist and architectural critic.

After graduating from Notre Dame University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1984, Owens established a London-based practice and relocated to southwest Florida in 2004. Her architectural practices in the United Kingdom and the United States have garnered international attention for their award-winning buildings and site-sensitive designs.

She currently serves as the AIA Florida's 2017 President and has been the AIA Florida State Director since 2011. In 2010, she served as President of AIA Florida Southwest and received the AIA Florida Chapter Pullara Award. She is also a 2011 recipient of AIA Florida Southwest’s highest recognition, the W.R. Frizzell Award, for making a profound impact on the architectural profession and the community. In 2013, Owens received the AIA Florida Southwest Individual Honor Award for continued contributions to the profession and chapter. She is a current member of the AIA Florida Southwest Board of Directors.

She serves as a trustee of the Florida Foundation for Architecture and was the 2014 vice president. Her London practice, Azman Owens Architects, was named one of the 13 Top Emerging Architectural Practices in the UK by Architectural Review in April 2000.

She is a prominent speaker at conferences and symposiums sponsored by the Sarasota Architecture Foundation and the Miromar Design Center. She has also spoken at events sponsored by the Architecture Foundation, Edinburgh & Cambridge University and the Royal Institute of British Architects Headquarters.

Owens is a columnist for USA Today’s 10Best and also writes the “Architect About Town” column for the Fort Myers News-Press. In 2011, Owens curated the exhibit “SWFL MCMO: Mid-Century Modern in Southwest Florida” at the Southwest Florida Museum of History.



1 to 3 PM: Tour, Talk by Joe King and Joyce Owens, Light Refreshments.
Self-drive, street parking is available. Please do not block driveways.

Walker Guest House photo above © Ezra Stoller

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