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The Sarasota School of Architecture is a regional architectural movement that flourished during the prosperous, modern design-driven years following the second World War. Led by Paul Rudolph, the movement garnered significant international acclaim from 1940-1970, and its legacy is visible today in contemporary architecture that reflects the style influences of the mid-century modern movement

The prevailing philosophy of the Sarasota School of Architecture held the unique climate and geography of Florida’s Gulf Coast at its core. The Sarasota School of Architecture incoporated modern design elements inspired by both the European international style and the organic modernism of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, into environmentally-aware, aesthetically-conscious structures that play to the strengths as well as the unique challenges of Sarasota’s sub-tropical climate.

Hallmarks of the Sarasota School of Architecture include site placement that takes advantage of the prevailing coastal winds, wide roof overhangs that shade the persistent Florida sun, and large glass expanses designed to diminish the visual distinction between structures’ interiors and the lush, verdant flora that thrives outdoors in the sub-tropical climate. Modern, geometric designs mingle with and accentuate the the natural vibrance of the Gulf Coast, and innovative post-war construction materials and techniques have preserved the structures in the semi-tropical climate. 

Catch a glimpse of the existing landmarks from the Sarasota School of Architecture throughout Sarasota County by taking a self-guided tour of Sarasota and Venice, and discover the school of architecture that put Sarasota on the international map. 


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