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.

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

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 28, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
    Register


    Modern Ruin: World's Fair Pavilion (2015) - The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, now sits in the middle of New York City as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the early 1960's. This film tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60's concert venue and 70's roller rink, including the years of neglect and recent growing advocacy efforts.

    This film will tell the story of the Pavilion from the glory days of the fair, through the years of neglect, up to present day advocacy. We hope that this project will be the first step in engaging an informing people, to get them talking about the building in new and exciting ways. In the end, the goal is to contribute to the effort in re-imagine Flushing Meadows Corona Park and eventually lead to the repurposing of this great icon. This whimsical, futuristic, and soaring structure, constructed for the 1964/65 fair, has been left abandoned for the greater part of 50 years. It would be a shame if its story ended in demolition. The dreamers see beyond the cracks, rust, and neglect to a thriving community space that will serve New Yorkers for generations. 

    Matthew Silva, Filmmaker, is a middle/high school video production teacher with a passion for design, architecture, and preservation (among many other things). After studying Technology education at SUNY Oswego, Matthew received his Master's degree in Liberal Arts at SUNY Stony Brook with a concentration in design education and design thinking. He also studied architecture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Matthew is a believer in design and its power to change communities, politics, the environment, and the world. As a kid riding in the backseat of his parent's car, Matthew would pass the New York State Pavilion and like many people, would wonder what it was. Years later while studying design and architecture, he learned that it was designed by one of the great architects of the 20th century, Philip Johnson. He was in disbelief that a building in such a visible location, designed by such a well-known architect, could be left to ruin. Matthew began researching the building's history, scouring the web for information and reaching out to the many individuals who had been involved with the Pavilion. Each one of them had a unique and interesting story to tell, sometimes unaware of the connections to each other, but all in some way linked by the landmark structure. 

    For more information, visit http://www.aquarelapictures.com/

    To learn more about People For the Pavilion and the greater effort to save this building, visit www.nyspavilion.org

    Film length: 1hr 18min

    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

    Download Ringling College Campus Map


    • Thursday, July 12, 2018
    • 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


    PlayTime (1967) - Directed by Jacques Tati, Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. 

    Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PlayTime. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-year-long, bank-breaking production, Tati again thrust the lovably old-fashioned Monsieur Hulot, along with a host of other lost souls, into a baffling modern world, this time Paris. With every inch of its superwide frame crammed with hilarity and inventiveness, PlayTime is a lasting record of a modern era tiptoeing on the edge of oblivion.
    https://www.criterion.com/films/651-playtime

    PlayTime received the Bodil Best European Film Award in 1969 and Silver Prize Director Award at the Moscow International Film Festival in 1969.


    Film length: 1hr 55min

    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

    Download Ringling College Campus Map


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

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

    • 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 Driving Tours, and Cocktail Parties. Plus, meet Paul Goldberger, American architectural critic and educator.

    More details in a MOD minute: SarasotaMOD.com


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

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and advocates to preserve the midcentury modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles.
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