SAF House Tour + Book Reading: Cocoon House with author Ronald Haase

  • Saturday, September 22, 2018
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 101 Ogden Street, Siesta Key, FL 34242
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Join fellow SAF members and others who are passionate about midcentury modern architecture at the Butterfield House, designed by Carl Abbott (design architect) with Leonardo Lunardi (architect of record) in 2016. Enjoy the view of and tour the interior of the iconic Healy Guest House, also known as Cocoon House, designed by Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph in 1950 (a recent restoration project of SAF). 

5:00 – 5:30pm: On the pool terrace of the Butterfield House, which overlooks the Cocoon House, Ronald Haase, Architecture Professor Emeritus from the University of Florida, will read from his book, The Last House: A Love Story about Architecture and Place. The book is a fictional account of a couple and the four types of Florida houses that they build for themselves during their lifetime. During the construction of their Sarasota house, the couple rents The Cocoon House, and are visited by the ghost of Paul Rudolph. After the reading, guests will have the opportunity to purchase copies of Professor Haase's book, which he will be happy to sign.

5:30 – 7:00pm: Following Professor Haase’s book reading, travel across the bayou to tour the interior of the Cocoon House. 

About Ronald Haase

Professor Emeritus Ron Haase, FAIA, taught architecture for twenty years at the University of Florida. Professor Haase has degrees in architecture from the University of Minnesota and civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Florida, he taught at Pratt Institute and Franconia College, where he was the Chairman of the Faculty. Professor Haase travels and lectures extensively about vernacular architecture.

His first book, Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture, took us on an intimate tour of the utilitarian wooden structures built by early settlers in North Florida. His newest book, The Last House, examines the vernacular architecture of Florida more fully, this time as a work of fiction.

About the Butterfield House

The Butterfield House sits at the end of Ogden Street, Siesta Key, between two major landmarks of the “Sarasota School of Architecture.” To the south: Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s “Revere Quality Institute” (1948), which utilized a reusable concrete formwork invented by local builder John Lambie to create a modern masterpiece, later added onto by architect Guy Peterson in 2008. To the west: the Butterfield House sits opposite Twitchell and Rudolph’s iconic “Cocoon House” (1950), which utilized construction techniques learned by Rudolph in the Brooklyn Naval Yard during his WW2 service.

In fact, most of the spaces of The Butterfield House are oriented towards the Cocoon House, even the swimming pool. In this way, Bayou Louise – the waterway between the two houses – serves as a reflection between the historic and the contemporary.

About the Cocoon House

Located on Bayou Louise Lane on Siesta Key, Cocoon House is a two-bedroom, one-bath, 760-square-foot cottage built as a guesthouse for Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Healy. The house gets its name from the technology used to build its roof: a polymer spray that Paul Rudolph saw being used at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on warships returning after WWII in order to "cocoon" or moth-ball them. Rudolph's creativity made him realize that this material could also be used in the construction industry. The Cocoon House was named “Best House Design of the Year” from the AIA in 1949; selected by MoMA New York in 1953 as one of 19 examples of houses built since WWII that were "pioneers of design;” and locally designated as a historic property by the City of Sarasota in 1985.

Space is limited, please register in advance. Your donation to SAF is appreciated!
SAF Members: $40
Public: $50
Students (with student ID): $25

Light refreshments will be available.

Parking: Please arrive at the Butterfield House, 101 Ogden Street, Siesta Key, FL 34242.
An SAF volunteer will direct vehicles on where to park. Do not arrive at the Cocoon House on Bayou Louise Lane. Guests will be shuttled to tour the interior of the Cocoon House.

Questions:, 941-364-2199

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