Hall Architects

PA AA26000923

Umbrella House

The Umbrella House is a mid-century modern home designed by noted architect Paul Rudolph. Built in 1953, its iconic design is representative of southwest Florida’s post World War II modern design movement, Sarasota Modern. Called the Umbrella House because of a large wood-louvered structure covering the entire house for the purpose of imposing shade from Florida’s penetrating sun, the original structure was destroyed in 1966 due to Hurricane Alma.

Hall Architects was hired as the restoration architect to lead the design of reconstructing the umbrella and returning the exterior of the house to its prime, using original plans and drawings. Materials were used that not only preserve the original look and feel of the home, but adhere to current building codes and hurricane standards of Southwest Florida.

Awards:

  • AIA Florida/Caribbean Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation/Restoration
  • AIA Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Honor Award for Historic Preservation
  • Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Outstanding Achievement Award
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Preservation