Revisiting Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House in Sanibel Island

Walker Guest House
© Ezra Stoller via Alastair Gordon

Five years ago I toured the Walker Guest House, a tiny building designed by Paul Rudolph. I fell totally in love with it, calling it "be a gem, a prototype for a lighter, more minimal and elegant way of designing." (Slideshow here)

Now author and teacher Alastair Gordon drove to Sanibel Island from Miami to visit the Walker Guest House. He writes about Rudolph's Florida houses in his post A SPIDER IN THE SAND, Paul Rudolph’s Antidote to Cold War Paranoia:

They signaled independence, self-sufficiency, and a celebration of the natural elements: sun, sea and a well-shaken martini. While providing little more than shade and a place to sleep, the Walker house expressed an open-ended lifestyle for a generation who’d survived World War II and were intent on building a brighter, more hopeful future for themselves and their families. Today, the house can be seen as a prototype for sustainable living with its small footprint and simplicity of plan.

It is wonderful to learn that five years later, the house is continuing to be preserved, and that Elaine Walker is still going strong. It remains a great model. Read more From Alastair Gordon.

Tags: Ban Demolition | Florida | Preservation

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