SAF Events

The Sarasota Architectural Foundation features ongoing lectures, tours and film events.

The Lecture Series features presentations and discussions by distinguished architects and designers. Topics include "Mid-Century Modernism", "Regional Modernism: The Florida Work of Paul M. Rudolph" and "Modernism and World's Fairs: from London to Shanghai".

SAF House Tours enable members and guests to tour architecturally significant homes and talk with architects, designers, contractors and homeowners.

Admission costs vary and are payable online and at each event, depending on availability, by credit, cash or check. No refunds. Ticket transfers may be available, depending on the type of event.

Questions: 941-364-2199, info@saf-srq.org
Media inquiries call 941-524-7665.

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 4675 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
    • 19
    Registration is closed

    It's Tiki Time!


    SAF members are invited to Happy Hour at the historic Bahi Hut Lounge on the North Trail. 

    First round and lite snacks are on SAF! 

    Began in 1954, the Bahi Hut Lounge is the oldest Tiki Bar in Florida that is still operating and the fourth oldest in the USA. Imagine the stories embedded in the walls of this vintage piece of Sarasota. 

    The Bahi Hut is now smoke free and recently renovated! Learn more about the rebirth of the lounge here: https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20180530/rebirth-of-bahi-hut-lounge-tiki-bar-in-sarasota


    SAF Members-Only
    Happy Hour at Bahi Hut
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    6 to 7 PM
    4675 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

    Space is Limited - RSVP by February 17, 2019.

    Not a Member? Click to Join Online
    Annual Membership Dues:
    $50 Individual; $90 Family (2 people); $35 Student
    Questions: 941-524-7665
    Info@SAF-SRQ.org

    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Photo: Courtesy Artstor

    SOLD OUT! See all upcoming events and tours at saf-srq.org/events

    Experience the rare opportunity to tour the interior of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s historic 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as 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 as one of 19 examples of houses built since WWII that were "pioneers of design" in 1953; and locally designated as a historic property by the City of Sarasota in 1985.

    Space is limited to 15 guests per tour. Please register in advance.
    Tours begin Saturday, July 21 and will continue on the first and third Saturday of every month, except November, through March 2019.

    Parking: The house is located on a narrow private lane. Please do not turn down Bayou Louise Lane. SAF volunteers will direct vehicles to a nearby lot on the corner of Gulfmead Drive and Siesta Drive. Enjoy the short 0.1 mile walk to the Cocoon House on Bayou Louise Lane.


    Questions? Contact SAF Operations Director, Erika Cain. ErikaCain@saf-srq.org 941-524-7665

    • Thursday, March 14, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
    Register

    SAF Film: "Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity"


    "Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity" (2013) - "Western civilization has a culture of addition, Eastern culture is one of subtraction." The documentary "Tadao Ando –From Emptiness to Infinity" pays homage to one of the world’s most renowned architects: Japanese “Master of Minimalism” Tadao Ando. Ando’s award-winning exposed concrete designs create a spectacular connection between Japanese tradition and contemporary modernism. The film introduces viewers to his world-famous buildings and offers an exclusive look into his work process. Viewers will gain unique insight into his work as Ando shares his sources of personal inspiration and motivation.

    TADAO ANDO - FROM EMPTINESS TO INFINITY (Official Trailer) from MAGNETFILM on Vimeo.

    Film length: 53min

    Ringling College of Art + Design
    Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
    2363 Old Bradenton Road
    Sarasota FL 34234

    Questions: info@SAF-SRQ.org, 941-364-2199

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    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 7
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 1
    Register


    Photo: Courtesy Artstor

    Experience the rare opportunity to tour the interior of Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph’s historic 1950 Healy Guest House, also known as 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 as one of 19 examples of houses built since WWII that were "pioneers of design" in 1953; and locally designated as a historic property by the City of Sarasota in 1985.

    Space is limited to 15 guests per tour. Please register in advance.
    Tours begin Saturday, July 21 and will continue on the first and third Saturday of every month, except November, through March 2019.

    Parking: The house is located on a narrow private lane. Please do not turn down Bayou Louise Lane. SAF volunteers will direct vehicles to a nearby lot on the corner of Gulfmead Drive and Siesta Drive. Enjoy the short 0.1 mile walk to the Cocoon House on Bayou Louise Lane.


    Questions? Contact SAF Operations Director, Erika Cain. ErikaCain@saf-srq.org 941-524-7665

    • Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 3901 Riverview Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Register

    SAF House Tour + Talk: Uncovering Architecture:
    Restoration of Ralph Twitchell + Paul Rudolph's
    Bennett Residence with Joe King


    The Bennett Residence (1949) is a family home designed to exacting programmatic requirements.  It follows the typical Twitchell and Rudolph house type: built at ground level and open to the landscape to create an open and inviting home, while, in this case, also accommodating wheelchair accessibility as required by the client, Allen Bennett.  Walls of glass in the living room open to a street view on one side and a private garden courtyard on the other.  The bedrooms form a wing that creates the second wall of this courtyard.  The combination of stacked Ocala block, exposed cypress, large expanses of glass and a concealed wood joist roof structure had, by that time become a highly refined design and construction system for Twitchell and Rudolph, as also seen in later houses such as the Kerr Residence, Leavengood Residence, and the Walker Guest House.

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

    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

    1 to 3 PM: Tour, Talk by Joe King and Light Refreshments.

    Street Parking available on 3rd Avenue NW and Riverview Blvd. Please be mindful of neighboring driveways. 

    Directions: Take US-301 North to Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. Turn right onto 26th Street West. Turn left onto Riverview Blvd. Turn right to stay on Riverview Blvd. Destination will be on the left 3901 Riverview Blvd.

    The Bennett Residence photo above by Joe King

    • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 18
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, June 15, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, July 20, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, August 17, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, September 21, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Saturday, October 19, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

    • Friday, November 08, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 10, 2019
    • 10:00 PM
    • Sarasota, FL



    Sixth Annual Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival

    Celebrating Sarasota School in the Sixties
    Featuring lectures, film screening, art exhibition, exclusive house and trolley tours, and evening social events. More details in a MOD Minute!

    Tickets and info: SarasotaMOD.com


    • Saturday, December 21, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 20
    Register


    Tour the renowned Umbrella House, described by Architectural Digest as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.

    In 1953, Lido Shores developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's.

    The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015 by Hall Architects, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust Outstanding Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award.

    The Umbrella House will be open for the public to tour once a month through December 2019.
    January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, December 21

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