About SarasotaMOD 2019
November 8 – 10, 2019
Presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF)
Join mid-century modern fans and celebrate the Sarasota School of Architecture. Featuring Lectures, Film Screening, Art Exhibition, Exclusive House and Driving Tours, and Social Events.
About the Sarasota School of Architecture
In the years after World War II, a group of Sarasota-based architects adapted the principles of mid-century modernist design to the unique demands of Florida’s environment in a sleepy artists’ colony off the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The movement they created helped transform the small town into a cosmopolitan cultural center—and eventually became known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Today, the movement’s impact goes far beyond the region where it was born. Such celebrated architects as Paul Rudolph, Ralph Twitchell, Victor Lundy, Tim Seibert and Carl Abbott established a globally significant legacy of fearless originality, raw talent, restless invention, honest materials, and design for a human scale. Today, many contemporary modernists continue to build on that legacy, and keep the movement alive.
“There’s a reason a handful of communities in the world stand out for architectural innovation. Sarasota’s one of them. You really do have to see it to believe it.”
– Carl Abbott FAIA, original member of the Sarasota School of Architecture
About the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF)
The 6th Annual SarasotaMOD 2019 is presented by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that celebrates the Sarasota School of Architecture movement and advocates to preserve the midcentury modern structures that exemplify its forward-looking principles.
SAF was incorporated in 2002 to promote, preserve and maintain Sarasota’s unique architecture and design heritage. Since its inception, SAF has provided a highly visible stage for professionals and the general public to come together and celebrate the groundbreaking movement known as the Sarasota School of Architecture. Through its ongoing series of lectures, tours, conferences and film presentations, SAF continues to inform and inspire a loyal and diverse following. Knowing the important role of education in today’s competitive world, the Foundation grants two annual SAF – Paul Rudolph Scholarships to outstanding local architecture students.
Please visit www.SAF-SRQ.org
Sarasota is known as Florida’s cultural mecca—and for good reason. This area is acclaimed for its rich array of cultural amenities, including its own opera company, symphony, ballet, and performing arts hall, as well as a range of professional theaters, performing arts spaces, open-air arts festivals, and a world-class art and design college. Sarasota is also home to a treasure trove of galleries, antique shops, artists’ studios and fine crafts boutiques. The region’s crown jewel, The Ringling Museum, sits on a beautifully landscaped, 66-acre bayfront estate, and features the world’s most eclectic collection of both Baroque and modern art. People come from around the world to soak in Sarasota’s abundant sunshine, sink their toes into its award-winning, powdery white beaches and explore endless miles of postcard-perfect waterfront along the Gulf of Mexico.
“Sarasota in the 1950s was one of the most important places in the world for architectural creativity, where the greatest design movements of the day came together.”
— Carl Abbott FAIA
American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture