Sarasota, FL 34236
A timed tour is offered on Sunday to view the exterior and interior of the Umbrella House including a talk about the umbrella restoration, Philip Hiss and Paul Rudolph.
Architectural Digest described the Umbrella House as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”.
In 1953, developer Philip Hiss hired architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century’s most iconic houses. Built as a speculative house for the contemporary development Lido Shores to attract attention from the road, the Umbrella House measures about 2,000 square feet and is built on a 32-inch module, the width of a standard Sears jalousie window. 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 present owners restored the full umbrella over the pool in 2015.