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Sarasota Architecture & Design from Mid-Century to Today

By Martie Lieberman: 941-724-1118 | Agent in Sarasota, FL
  • WILLIAM MORGAN, FAIA: Florida Modern Architect

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in Florida, Going Green in Florida, Design & Decor in Florida  |  January 23, 2011 3:11 PM  |  3,698 views  |  4 comments

    In 2005, I led a tour with Architect and author, Robert McCarter, to see William Morgan's modern architecture on the East coast of Florida, with members of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation. It was an amazing experience, with visits to many of Mr Morgan's best modern beach houses and commercial buildings.

    Many of Mr Morgan's clients joined a celebration reception and dinner honoring Mr. Morgan at the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art. Mr McCarter gave a fine lecture on the importance of Mr Morgan's architecture. The next day we toured even more sites, with Mr Morgan showing us the reason and the beauty behind each building. The final stop was a beach-front lunch and book-signing at the home of Mr and Mrs (Bunny) Morgan.

    I treasure my copy of this beautiful book, signed by Mr Morgan, and author Robert McCarter that day. Here it is:

    William Morgan: Selected and Current Works, The Master Architect Series VI


    A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:
    William N Morgan was educated at Harvard under Walter Gropius and Jose Luis Sert, and trained in the Cambridge office of Paul Rudolph. Mr. Morgan was appointed a Lehman Fellow of Harvard University and studied as a Fulbright grantee in Italy in 1958 and 1959. Subsequently he received a Wheelwright Fellowship of the Graduate School of Design, and a Graham Foundation Grantee for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for research. Mr. Morgan is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a past chairman of the AIA Committee on Design.

    In 1961 Mr. Morgan established his architectural practice in Jacksonville, Florida. Well known for excellence in architectural design, his works range from modest residences to such major projects as the Florida State Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan; the U.S. Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Westinghouse World Headquarters in Orlando, Pyramid Condominium in Ocean City, Maryland; Bloomingdales store in Miami and Neiman Marcus in Ft. Lauderdale. Often published in the United States and abroad, numerous design awards have recognized his work.

    Over the years, Mr. Morgan has lectured and served as a visiting critic at such architectural schools as Harvard, Tulane, North Carolina State University, and the University of Florida. Appointed Gibbons Eminent Scholar in Architecture and Urban Planning in 1990, he also has served as the Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Chair in Architectural Preservation at the University of Florida. In 1998 the American Institute of Architects conferred an Institute Honor on Mr. Morgan in recognition of his lifelong research into the beginnings of architectural creativity.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF ARCHITECTURE BY WILLIAM MORGAN:
    http://www.williammorganarchitects.com/residential-design/dune/

    Start with the famous Dune House, and then click on other houses and commercial projects. There's so much to see, and so much to learn. Enjoy!

    Thanks for your interest in Florida's modern architecture.
    All my best!
    Martie
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    Martie Lieberman, Realtor - Architecture & Design Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

    100 N Tamiami Tr, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236
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  • SARASOTA MODERN: Sarasota, Florida mid-century architecture

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in Sarasota, Design & Decor in Sarasota, In My Neighborhood in Sarasota  |  January 20, 2011 6:13 AM  |  5,168 views  |  3 comments
    Sarasota, Florida is a vibrant arts community on the Gulf of Mexico. But did you know that Sarasota is also known internationally for its modern architecture?

    Today, people travel from around the world to see Sarasota's architecture, from past to present.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT IT: Here are four good books about Sarasota's modern architecture and why it is so special.


    THE SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, 1941-1966 by John Howey, FAIA
    Sarasota School of Architecture book by John Howey

    SARASOTA MODERN, by Andrew Weaving
    Sarasota Modern by Andrew Weaving

    PAUL RUDOLPH: THE FLORIDA HOUSES, by Christopher Domin and Joseph King
    Paul Rudolph The Florida Houses

    FLORIDA MODERN, by Jan Hochstin and Steven Brooke

    Florida Modern Jan Hochstim and Steven Brooke
    NOTE: I had the opportunity to work with some of the authors on these books. What a joy it was to see the houses first hand, and get to know the architects who designed them.

    I now live in a Sarasota School of Architecture mid-century house - and I work every day to help others find and sell Sarasota Modern properties. 
     
    Please contact me if I may help you discover more about Sarasota's architecture today.

    All my best!

     Martie
    Martie Lieberman, Realtor - Architecture & Design Specialist
    Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

    100 N Tamiami Tr, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236
    941.724.1117 Direct - Call me any time!
    941.366.8070 office
    www.modernsarasota.com




  • THE SARASOTA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE - Sarasota Florida USA

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in Sarasota, Design & Decor in Sarasota, In My Neighborhood in Sarasota  |  April 29, 2010 3:33 AM  |  1,656 views  |  2 comments

    Left to Right: Victor Lundy, Gene Leedy, William Rupp, Edward Seibert, Bert Brosmith, Paul Rudolph

    Architect Gene Leedy FAIA (second from left in photograph) coined the phrase "The Sarasota School of Architecture" in a presentation he made to the American Institute of Architects about a body of work created by a group of extremely talented architects in the mid-century Florida.

    Sarasota is home to a rich legacy of modern architecture. To learn more about it, please contact Martie Lieberman and get on her mailing list to be notified about special open houses and events coming up at www.modernsarasota.com or call Martie at 941.724.1118.

    Thank you for your interest in Sarasota's modern legacy!
    Martie
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    Martie Lieberman, GRI, Realtor
    Coldwell Banker Downtown Sarasota
    100 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236
    CALL ME DIRECT: 941.724.1118 | office: 941.366.8070

    Modern Architecture + Unique Real Estate.
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  • OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY AT HGTV DESIGN STAR'S MODERN HOME

    Posted Under: Celebrity Homes in Sarasota County  |  September 22, 2009 3:47 PM  |  1,939 views  |  No comments
    PADGETT HOUSE www.modernsarasota.com
    OOPS - SORRY YOU MISSED OUR OPEN HOUSE. Contact Martie to be notified in advance about open houses and modern properties for sale now at:
    http://www.modernsarasota.com

    OPEN HOUSE FROM 1 - 4 PM
    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
    ADDRESS: 3026 MAYFLOWER ST, SARASOTA, FL 34231
    CLICK HERE FOR MAP
    PLEASE RSVP TO: martie.lieberman@gmail.com


    ABOUT THE PADGETT HOUSE:

    FOR SALE: The Padgett House (1965), is an authentic Sarasota School of Architecture mid-century modern home designed by
    architect, James Padgett for his own family, and recently restored by HGTV Design Star, Jason Champion and his partner, Jim Del Rio.

    The Padgett House has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, terrazzo floors, clerestory windows, skylights, stacked block walls and a two-story living room with catwalk and office. The yard is fenced, with room for a pool. Located 2.3 miles from Siesta Key beaches, in Sarasota Florida. (CLICK ON PHOTO TO SEE SLIDE SHOW)

    Only a few "Sarasota School of Architecture" houses will ever come up for sale in this price range. It is important this house gets into the right hands. For more information about this fine example of historic modern Sarasota architecture, please call Martie @ 941.724.1118.

    All my best to you!

    Martie
    Martie Lieberman, GRI, Realtor
    Coldwell Banker Downtown Sarasota
    100 N Tamiami Tr, Sarasota, FL 34236
    CALL ME DIRECT: 941.724.1118 - Office 941.366.8070
    www.modernsarasota.com - Modern Architecture + Unique Real Estate.
    Get on my mailing list today!
 
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