The Gulf Coast enclave is home to more than just gorgeous beaches.

By Tracey Minkin
May 31, 2019
The “umbrella” of Paul Rudolph’s 1953 Umbrella House refers to a slatted, shading shelter that extends from the front of the home, over its 2,000-square-foot mass, and along the length of its backyard pool.
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While it is widely known that this city on Florida’s central west coast serves as a mecca for lovers of bone-white beaches and easeful Gulf living, it may be a revelation to learn that Sarasota is also home to a stunning collection of midcentury-modern architecture.

Chief among the riches: the breathtaking designs of architect Paul Rudolph, whose vernacular is credited with helping to define what became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture.

Thanks to the efforts of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, two Rudolph (and other 1950s and ’60s architects’) treasures are now showcased for gape-mouthed midcentury-modern fans.

For a mind-blowing getaway, consider attending SAF’s annual SarasotaMOD Weekend—although the foundation’s monthly tours of The Umbrella House (pictured), a Rudolph masterwork in Sarasota’s Lido Shores neighborhood, are worth booking a flight to SRQ alone.

For more information on the Sarasota Modern style, SarasotaMOD, and Umbrella House tours, visit sarasotaarchitecturalfoundation.org.

The Sarasota Modern hotel
Julien Capmeil

Book A Great Hotel

In fitting and luxurious tribute to Sarasota’s architectural legacy, the recently opened Sarasota Modern is a brand-new hotel lovingly crafted on midcentury-modern principles. With 89 rooms and two aqua pools flanked by stately palms, the hotel’s clean, modernist lines and embrace of open-air spaces that yield to tropical flora (and breezes) are apt homage to Sarasota Modernism. And naming its in-house restaurant Rudolph’s, in honor of local architectural icon Paul, keeps the vibe all in the modernist family. Rates start at $299; thesarasotamodern.com.

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