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.
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
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.