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

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1300 Westway Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
    • 11
    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, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 3
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Revere Quality House, 100 Ogden Street, Sarasota, FL 34242
    Register


    Join SAF as we mark Paul Rudolph’s 100th Birthday with a wonderful celebration. Tour the remarkably restored Revere Quality House (1948), view unique Rudolph imagery and videography by Bryan Soderlind and be amongst the first to learn about the 2018 Rudolph Auction as we unveil once-in-a-lifetime overnight experiences in addition to more exciting surprises throughout the evening. Kick off the fifth annual SarasotaMOD in style!

    Photos and Videos of Rudolph's famous Florida buildings

    Tour of Revere Quality House

    Enjoy refreshments and special announcements as we kick off the fifth annual SarasotaMOD

    About the Revere Quality House
    This house was one of eight model homes commissioned by the Revere Quality House Institute — a division of the Revere Copper Company — and Architectural Forum magazine. The series of houses introduced European modern architecture to North America. Twitchell and Rudolph’s 1948 design intended to demonstrate how industrial materials like steel-reinforced concrete, large plate glass and copper accents could create a durable, attractive and affordable residence that would resist Florida moisture, termites, and hurricanes.

    The house was constructed by local builder John Lambie, who developed an innovative construction system using re-usable modular steel forms and a mobile concrete mixing machine. Promoted as low-maintenance and fireproof, the concrete structure provided increased freedom in spatial configuration and the opportunity for larger expanses of glass. The house is one of the first to have large glass sliding doors and a screened-in area, which were unique features at the time that have since become standard in Florida houses.

    When the house was open to the public in 1949, an estimated 16,000 people toured it. Roberta Healy Finney (1915-1966) – daughter of the clients for The Cocoon House – purchased the structure for $18,400 after it was no longer used as a show-house. Ralph Twitchell actually lived in the house at the end of his life, until his death in 1978.

    In 2008, local architect Guy Peterson refurbished the original 1,000 sq. ft. house and constructed a 4,700 sq. ft. addition to the south. In 2017, SAF Board Member David Zaccardelli completed a further meticulous restoration of the Revere Quality House, renovating the 70-year-old structure back to its original condition.


    Revere Quality House, Photographed by Ezra Stoller 1948


    Valet will be available.
    Due to neighborhood parking restrictions,
    we do encourage Uber or Lyft.

    Revere Quality House
    100 Ogden Street

    Sarasota, FL 34242

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

    • Friday, November 09, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 11, 2018
    • 10:00 PM
    • Sarasota, FL



    Fifth Annual Midcentury Modern Architecture Festival

    Celebrating Paul Rudolph's Centennial 
    Featuring lectures, film screening, art exhibition, exclusive house and trolley tours, and evening social events. Plus, meet keynote speaker Paul Goldberger, American architectural critic and educator.

    Tickets and info: SarasotaMOD.com


    • Saturday, December 01, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 2
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • 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, beginning in March of 2018.
    April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20, December 15

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, January 05, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, January 19, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, February 02, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 13
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, February 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

    • Saturday, March 16, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 3575 Bayou Louise Lane, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    • 15
    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.

    See the Cocoon House during SarasotaMOD November 9 - 11, 2018.

    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

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