Design Architecture Touring Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House (Slideshow) By Lloyd Alter Design Editor University of Toronto Lloyd Alter is Design Editor for Treehugger and teaches Sustainable Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Lloyd Alter Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Design Tiny Homes Architecture Interior Design Green Design Urban Design Paul Rudolph houses are backhoe bait; Too small, too modern, too reliant on natural light and air, too dedicated to sea and sky to survive in the age of air conditioning. (see Why Are So Many Paul Rudolph Buildings Being Torn Down?) But at least one thrives among the monster homes of Sanibel Island: The Walker Beach House, built in 1952 by Dr. Walt Walker and lovingly maintained by his widow, Elaine. I was honoured and thrilled to meet Mrs. Walker and tour the home.