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The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) presents SarasotaMOD Weekend November 8 – 10, 2019.

The Sixth Annual MOD Weekend celebrates Sarasota in the Sixties. Join fellow mid-century modern enthusiasts as MOD highlights the architects and designs that began after the first wave of the Sarasota School of Architecture Movement.

SarasotaMOD.com - info@SAF-SRQ.org - 941-364-2199

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Check out the 2019 MOD 5-Star Pass, $250
Value Discount: Save $35 (Regularly $285)

1 ticket to each of the following 5 MOD events*

  • Friday: Opening Party at The Sarasota Modern Hotel – Official Hotel of SarasotaMOD
  • Saturday: “Sarasota in the Sixties” Morning Program– Breakfast, Film, Panel Discussion & Talk by Frank Folsom Smith
  • Saturday: Self-Guided Lido Shores Walking Tour– Bundled with Timed Umbrella House + Hiss Studio Tours
  • Sunday: “Downtown in the Sixties” Trolley Tour
  • Sunday: Closing Party at Plymouth Harbor's Terrace on Sarasota Bay

*Does not include “Saturday Night at the Sarasota Art Museum,” “Yoga at the Umbrella House,” “Siesta in the Sixties,” “Southgate in the Sixties” and "Cocoon/Revere" Trolley Tours


– Friday, November 8, 2019 –


"A 1960s Sarasota School Architect: Frank Folsom Smith", FREE
10 am - 4 pm, Reception 12 Noon to 3 pm, Art Center Sarasota
Curated by Nathan Skiles
Frank Folsom Smith earned his architecture degree from the University of Virginia and worked for Victor Lundy and William Zimmerman in Sarasota before opening his own practice in 1961. This exhibition is an appraisal of Smith’s 1960s built work, including Plymouth Harbor, Lawyers Professional Building, Sandy Cove and The Terrace condominium complex on Siesta Key, providing a perspective into the development of Sarasota at this time.

SarasotaMOD Weekend Opening Party, $50
Sponsored by Lisa Russo, Baird Private Wealth Management
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, The Sarasota Modern Hotel
Kick off SarasotaMOD Weekend at The Sarasota Modern, a downtown luxury boutique hotel. Capture the spirit of “Sarasota in the Sixties” at our poolside party with music by The Shindigs, a Beach Boys tribute band. You and your guests will enjoy a fun, hip 1960s vibe and decor, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, drinks and valet provided by The Sarasota Modern Hotel, the Official Hotel of SarasotaMOD Weekend. This event is sure to sell out, so get your tickets early.


– Saturday, November 9, 2019 –


Saturday Morning Program: “Sarasota in the Sixties”, $50
8:30 to 12 Noon, Holley Hall
Includes Breakfast

Join SAF as it explores Sarasota’s development in the 1960s. The morning begins with the screening of a wonderfully retro promotional short film “David of Sarasota,” produced by the Sarasota County Chamber of Commerce in 1965. Native Floridian John McCarthy, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Heritage Association and Historic Spanish Point, will provide a colorful overview of the town during this decade, followed by a panel of architects and historians moderated by Christopher Domin, co-author of “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses.” The morning will finish with a talk by Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith, providing insight into his work of the 1960s. Special thanks to SAF’s educational program partner, the Sarasota Art Museum.

"A 1960s Sarasota School Architect: Frank Folsom Smith", FREE
10 am to 3 pm, Art Center Sarasota
Curated by Nathan Skiles
Frank Folsom Smith earned his architecture degree from the University of Virginia and worked for Victor Lundy and William Zimmerman in Sarasota before opening his own practice in 1961. This exhibition is an appraisal of Smith’s 1960s built work, including Plymouth Harbor, Lawyers Professional Building, Sandy Cove and The Terrace condominium complex on Siesta Key, providing a perspective into the development of Sarasota at this time.

Celebrate the Sixties at Sarasota Art Museum, $250
Sponsored by Williams Parker Attorneys at Law
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Be among the first to celebrate at the Sarasota Art Museum on the Ringling College Museum Campus. Savor cocktails on the Plaza, mingle in the M. Leo Elliott de-signed building (1926) and have dinner at the Museum Bistro inside the Paul Rudolph designed auxiliary building (1960). Dress to channel your inner 1960s self! Attendance is limited. Reserve now!

– Saturday Tours

"Downtown in the Sixties" Trolley Tour, $50
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
1 pm - 3 pm
Tour projects of the 1960s that shaped the city, such as Tim Seibert’s “Gulfstream Towers,” Frank Folsom Smith’s “Lawyer’s Professional Building,” and Jack West’s “Sarasota City Hall,” among others. This tour will have several interior visits, but will mostly consist of exteriors.

"Siesta in the Sixties" Trolley Tours, $75
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
1 pm - 3 pm
Join Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith and SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson as they guide visitors through a number of Smith’s built works on Siesta Key, as well as visiting other 1960s structures, such as Tim Seibert’s "Siesta Pavilion."

"Southgate in the Sixties" Trolley Tours, $50
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson and architect Joyce Owens as they tell the story of the development of the Southgate subdivision by Rolland King, Frank Smith, Richmond Homes, and others, which made Sarasota School design characteristics accessible to the everyday residential customer. Tour includes several interior visits of period properties.

"Cocoon/Revere" Tours, $75
Two Tours - Limited to 30 Guests Each
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Visit two of the most pristine Sarasota School structures in town: the "Healy Guest House" (aka Cocoon House), 1950, and the “Revere Quality House,” 1948, both designed by architects Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph. You will be guided through these privately owned, meticulously restored homes by a local architect who is well-versed in the Sarasota School of Architecture movement.

Lido Shores Self-Guided Walking Tours $50

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
After a hiatus in 2018, this tour is back by popular demand, with returning favorites and new gems to explore. Lido Shores was developed by Philip Hiss, who designed many of the early houses and also commissioned local architects such as Tim Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman and Paul Rudolph. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Lido Shores as you stroll through the neighborhood, a midcentury modern gem itself. Interiors of many private homes will be accessible to ticket holders.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note: timed tours of the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio must be purchased with ticket bundle below.

Bundle – Lido Shores Self-Guided Tour + Umbrella House and Hiss Studio Tours $75
Three Tours
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm

In conjunction with the Lido Shores Walking Tour, enjoy the interiors of the Umbrella House, designed as the neighborhood’s show house by Paul Rudolph in 1953, and neighboring Hiss Studio, designed by Tim Seibert as the development office for Philip Hiss in 1952. Entry for the timed tours will be allowed only at the time shown on the ticket. You are welcome to visit other homes in the neighborhood at your leisure - either before or after your timed tour. Please note: only the studio will be accessible – the residential portion will not be on tour.


– Sunday, November 10, 2019 –


Yoga at the Umbrella House $30
9 to 10:15 am, Umbrella House
Experience a rare opportunity to salute the sun at what Architectural Digest named “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century.” Yoga practice led by Kris Galea, Yoga From The Heart.

"A 1960s Sarasota School Architect: Frank Folsom Smith", FREE
10 am to 2 pm, Art Center Sarasota
Curated by Nathan Skiles
Frank Folsom Smith earned his architecture degree from the University of Virginia and worked for Victor Lundy and William Zimmerman in Sarasota before opening his own practice in 1961. This exhibition is an appraisal of Smith’s 1960s built work, including Plymouth Harbor, Lawyers Professional Building, Sandy Cove and The Terrace condominium complex on Siesta Key, providing a perspective into the development of Sarasota at this time.

“Making Your Mid-Century Modern an Architectural Gem” Sunday Morning Panel Discussion, FREE EVENT
10 am - 12 Noon, BOTA Center
Join SAF at the BOTA Center in the Rosemary District, as we provide ideas about how to save a mid-century modern structure and bring it up-to-date. The panel will include the BOTA Center’s developer and architects, as well as local homeowners who have updated their homes with today’s tastes in mind. Learn about the architectural gems of Sarasota — the celebrated structures we know and love, as well as the hidden treasures. What are the features that characterize mid-century modern homes in southwest Florida? How can these homes be adapted for today’s challenges without compromising their original designs? Learn how to preserve your architectural treasure from homeowners, architects and builders who will share their stories as well as offer ideas and practical advice.

"Sunset at Plymouth Harbor" MOD Closing Party $100
5 to 7 pm, Plymouth Harbor

As the sixth annual SarasotaMOD draws to a close, join us at the innovative Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay. Plymouth Harbor, designed in 1966 by Frank Folsom Smith and Louis S. Schneider, serves as a fantastic backdrop for the SAF’s “Sarasota in the Sixties” closing party. A great opportunity to end SarasotaMOD Weekend and enjoy an amazing sunset on Plymouth Harbor’s pool terrace. Light bites, drinks, 1960s entertainment, tours of Plymouth Harbor and more await at this landmark piece of architectural history in Sarasota.

– Sunday Tours –

"Downtown in the Sixties" Trolley Tour, $50
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
1 pm - 3 pm
Tour projects of the 1960s that shaped the city, such as Tim Seibert’s “Gulfstream Towers,” Frank Folsom Smith’s “Lawyer’s Professional Building,” and Jack West’s “Sarasota City Hall,” among others. This tour will have several interior visits, but will mostly consist of exteriors.
Guide: Harold Bubil

"Siesta in the Sixties" Trolley Tours, $75
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
1 pm - 3 pm
Join Sarasota School architect Frank Folsom Smith and SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson as they guide visitors through a number of Smith’s built works on Siesta Key, as well as visiting other 1960s structures, such as Tim Seibert’s "Siesta Pavilion."
Guide: Architectural Historian Christopher Wilson, PhD

"Southgate in the Sixties" Trolley Tours, $50
One Tour - Limited to 30 Guests
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Join SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson and architect Joyce Owens as they tell the story of the development of the Southgate subdivision by Rolland King, Frank Smith, Richmond Homes, and others, which made Sarasota School design characteristics accessible to the everyday residential customer. Tour includes several interior visits of period properties.

"Cocoon/Revere" Tours, $50
Two Tours - Limited to 30 Guests Each
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm; 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Visit two of the most pristine Sarasota School structures in town: the "Healy Guest House" (aka Cocoon House), 1950, and the “Revere Quality House,” 1948, both designed by architects Ralph Twitchell and Paul Rudolph. You will be guided through these privately owned, meticulously restored homes by a local architect who is well-versed in the Sarasota School of Architecture movement.

Lido Shores Self-Guided Walking Tours $50

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
After a hiatus in 2018, this tour is back by popular demand, with returning favorites and new gems to explore. Lido Shores was developed by Philip Hiss, who designed many of the early houses and also commissioned local architects such as Tim Seibert, Ralph and William Zimmerman and Paul Rudolph. Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Lido Shores as you stroll through the neighborhood, a midcentury modern gem itself. Interiors of many private homes will be accessible to ticket holders.
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note: timed tours of the Umbrella House and Hiss Studio must be purchased with ticket bundle below.

Bundle – Lido Shores Self-Guided Tour + Umbrella House and Hiss Studio Tours $75

Three Tours
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm
In conjunction with the Lido Shores Walking Tour, enjoy the interiors of the Umbrella House, designed as the neighborhood’s show house by Paul Rudolph in 1953, and neighboring Hiss Studio, designed by Tim Seibert as the development office for Philip Hiss in 1952. Entry for the timed tours will be allowed only at the time shown on the ticket. You are welcome to visit other homes in the neighborhood at your leisure - either before or after your timed tour. Please note: only the Hiss Studio will be accessible – the residential portion will not be on tour.


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