The Sarasota neighborhood of Lido Shores is a treasure chest of midcentury and contemporary modern architectural gems. Enjoy an informative and inspiring tour of six significant homes designed by Phil Hiss, William Rupp, Edward “Tim” Seibert, Guy Peterson and Jonathan Parks. Featuring talks by architects and historians throughout the afternoon.
Tour at your own pace from 1 to 4 pm. Advance ticket holders may check-in at any house and receive wristband, map and bottled water. Tour participants are required to remove their shoes or wear provided booties at the houses.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and hats. On street parking will be available, please do not block driveways.
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Howard Rooks House
246 Morningside Drive, Architect Guy Peterson 2006
Craig / Marshall Residence
175 Morningside Drive, Architect Edward “Tim” Seibert 1955
Addition Guy Peterson 2009
Chapell / Lifeso House – Saturday Only
150 Morningside Drive, Architect Don Chapell 2000
1155 Center Place, Architect William Rupp 1957, Renovation Seibert Architects 2012
Hiss / Goull House
1080 Westway Drive, Architect Philip Hiss 1954, Renovation Don Chapell 1991
Tip Top House
1130 Westway Drive, Architect Jonathan Parks, Solstice Architects 2014
Maurice Birk House
1157 Morningside Place, Architect Philip Hiss 1959
1 pm to 1:45 pm
2 pm to 2:45 pm
2 timed tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday to view the exterior and interior of the house includes a talk about Philip Hiss, Edward “Tim” Seibert and Lido Shores.
A glass box raised on fourteen slender steel columns, this design is an elegant example of the International Contemporary style. The studio was one of the first air-conditioned spaces in Sarasota, a necessity to protect the drawings and books. It was designed by architect Edward “Tim” Seibert in 1953 and built by Philip Hiss, the developer of Lido Shores, as his office. The addition, designed by Bert Brosmith in 1962, is at ground level, surrounded by walled gardens and invisible from the street. The house exemplifies the Sarasota School of Architecture’s emphasis on flow of outside air through the house and uses simple materials such as glass and concrete block.
1 pm to 1:45 pm
2 pm to 2:45 pm
2 timed tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday to view the exterior and interior of the 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.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to tour the Herron House designed by architect Victor Lundy FAIA in 1957. Lundy’s curved roof shape, made possible by modern wood lamination technology, created a sculptural feeling and silhouette against the sky. The enclosed masonry areas are tucked under the curved roof, providing dramatic interior spatial effects. Please note, the Herron House is in Venice, FL, approximately 30 minutes South of Sarasota.
Trolley Tours #1 and #3: Victor Lundy’s Architecture
Tour Lundy’s local landmarks with guide Christopher Wilson, architecture and design history professor at Ringling College of Art + Design. Sights include the Blue Pagoda building (1956), Murray Homes building (1957), Waldman building (1958), St. Paul Lutheran Church (1968) and Fellowship Hall (1959), South Gate Community Center (1956) and Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church (1957). Bottled water and tour map will be provided.
Trolley Tours #2 and #4: Sarasota’s Architecture
Enjoy an air conditioned trolley tour with guide Harold Bubil, real estate editor of the Herald-Tribune. See midcentury and contemporary architecture including Sarasota High School (Paul Rudolph 1960), Sarasota City Hall (Jack West, 1966), Herald Tribune Headquarters (Arquitectonica 2006), Healy Guest House/Cocoon House (Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell 1950) and the Revere Quality House (Paul Rudolph and Ralph Twitchell 1950). Bottled water and tour map will be provided.
12:45 am – Check-in and board the trolley
Saturday departs and returns, Ringling College of Art + Design Academic Center
Sunday departs and returns, the Blue Pagoda, 701 N. Tamiami Trail
1:00 to 3:30 pm – Trolley Tour
15 – 30 days prior to the event: 50% refund
Less than 15 days: No refund