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March 22, 2020

SOLD: One of 10 Most Beautiful Homes according to SARASOTA Magazine. SEE PHOTOS HERE

Welcome to one of Florida's very best examples of mid-century architecture, the iconic Leech Art Studio, designed for American Painters Dorothy and Hilton Leech, by Sarasota School of Architecture originals, Jack West & Elizabeth Boylston Waters (West & Waters, Architects) in 1960. Beautifully updated by contemporary Sarasota architect Tatiana White AIA. This private three-lot compound includes the Round House, heated pool, terraces and lovely gardens.

The house - studio has two levels, the ground floor with living areas, kitchen and dining, gallery & master bedroom, master bath and separate powder room. The second floor loft space overlooks the first floor and serves as a second bedroom with its own full bath and original skylight. 

New air conditioning and condenser (2018), roof is resurfaced every 5 years (2018), heated pool has new heat pump, custom cover to retain heat, and new control panel. All appliances are under warranty. Room dimensions are not exact as the house is round - but floor plans are gladly made available for your kind review. Seen by appointment, seller requests qualified buyers only please. This property is not in a flood zone and expensive flood insurance is not required for its purchase. 

CONTACT Martie Lieberman +1.941.724.1118

SEE PHOTOS HERE by Architect / Photographer Rich Montalbano

March 29, 2019

SOLD IN 3 DAYS: You will love this light, airy, serene mid-century modern home that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor living. Situated in one of Venice Island's best walkable neighborhoods, it is close to 2 parks, restaurants, charming downtown, theater, art center, grocers, library, schools, performing arts center, hospital and beaches.  This delightful property was completely remodeled with the help of architect Jon Barrick, landscape architect Dane Spencer, and Dynan Construction, and the results won a 2016 AIA Spirit of Sarasota Award, SRQ Magazine Platinum Renovation Award, and a feature article in Atomic Ranch Magazine.  Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, beautiful gardens and fantastic location.

PRICE: $845,000 USD  ADDRESS:  425 NASSAU ST SOUTH, VENICE FL 34285.

CONTACT: Martie Lieberman +1.941.724.1118  for more details. SEE PHOTOS HERE

Originally a small 1959 structure, the home now includes 3 bedrooms with ensuite baths, an office, half bath, Florida room, a 700 sf screened lanai, sliding walls of glass, clearstory windows, elevated ceilings and an outdoor shower in the master bath. New side porches and a 25' x 23' terrace in front highlight the mid-century vibe of the house. Glass windows & doors provide lush garden views from every room while maintaining privacy. Construction included new roof, A/C, plumbing, wiring, PGT Winguard windows & doors, sheetrock, insulation, restored terrazzo floors & new polished concrete. The new open kitchen includes a large island, beautifully defined by a wood-paneled floating ceiling. Rift cut white oak and quartz are used on custom cabinets throughout. The garage is 1.5 car size, with workshop, built-in cabinets, electric openers for front and side doors. This property is NOT in a flood zone. One of the most handsome and best built homes on the island of Venice. Come see it!

October 4, 2016

I have listed and sold the best modern architecture, mid-century modern and contemporary properties in the Gulf Coast area since 2002 - including Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, St Armands Circle, Siesta Key, Anna Maria, Manasota Key, Casey Key, and inland Florida, including Orlando, Lakeland and Winter Haven.

VISIT modernsarasota.com

Enjoy!

Martie

Martie Lieberman, Architecture Specialist

Premier Sotheby's International Realty

August 4, 2016

The Sarasota School of Architecture 1941-1966 by John Howey

If you are a fan of architecture, this book belongs in your library. The Sarasota School of Architecture 1941-1966 by John Howey, Princeton Architectural Press (1997) explores the talented, idealistic architects who were drawn to the Gulf Coast of Florida, and left a legacy of influential mid-century modern houses, churches, schools and commercial buildings in the Sarasota, Florida area. Mr Howey introduces us to Paul RudolphRalph Twitchell, Philip Hiss, Mark Hampton, Victor Lundy, Gene Leedy,Tim Seibert, Bert Brosmith, Jack West, Carl Abbott, Frank Folsom Smith, William Zimmerman, Ralph Zimmerman, William Rupp and others who contributed to this important architectural movement. 

Author and Architect John Howey lives in Tampa, Florida and continues his practice at John Howey & Associates.

Here is a recent photo I took during a visit with Mr Howey at Bay Villa Place, one of his award-winning projects (1978 AIA Tampa Award), in the Hyde Park area of Tampa, Florida, 2016.  - Enjoy!  -Martie

December 29, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Mid-century Modern Architecture?

HGTV's Dinah Eng writes about the style HERE

(All photos on this post are from Martie Lieberman : Modern Sarasota)

 

My favorite bit in Dinah's article for HGTV is her interview with Sian Winship, a great friend of Sarasota's mid-century modern architecture. I met Sian and John Berley when they organized a ground-breaking tour and study program in 1999 called On Parallel Lines: The Sarasota School of Architecture and the Case Study House Program for SAH/SCC. Their work helped our own tour and symposium on Sarasota's mid-century architecture in 2001, An American Legacy: The Sarasota School of Architecture by the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota.  The Sarasota Architectural Foundation was started by volunteers who produced the Fine Arts Society's program. And the Center For Architecture Sarasota grew out of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, years later. It's all connected, and to me, goes back to Sian and John. THANK YOU everyone, for your involvement in making these great things come to life for Sarasota.    -Martie Lieberman : Modern Sarasota

 

Here are a few quotes by Sian Winship - from Dinah Eng's HGTV article.

 

“The birth of midcentury modern was after the war,” says Sian Winship, president of the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. “The houses had open floor plans and giant sliding-glass doors, which encouraged people to go outside and be healthy. In a traditional home, the window height is 4 to 5 feet, and you can’t see out as a child. With these walls of glass, children became engaged and open-minded because the environment stimulated the senses in a different way.”

 

She notes that architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who trained midcentury modern architects like Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, was also a huge influence.

 

“It’s nice to see midcentury modernism being appreciated now,” she adds, “as we’re entering a period where houses from the 1960s are becoming eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places.”

 

“The biggest enemy of a modern house is deferred maintenance,” Winship says. “You have to keep up with it. The wood has to be clear-coated, painted or oiled. It will expand and contract from heat, and you get problems from that.”

 

 

Key Elements of Mid-Century Modern Architecture, from HGTV: What is Midcentury Modern Architecture, Really?
Flat planes. The geometric lines of the house are regular and rigorous. Flat roofs are common, though modern ranch-style houses had gable roofs.
Large windows. Sliding-glass doors and other expansive panes of glass allow light to enter rooms from multiple angles.
Changes in elevation. Small steps going up and down between rooms creates split-level spaces. A midcentury modern might have partial walls, or cabinets of varying heights to create different depths in the space.
Integration with nature. Rooms have multiple outdoor views, or multiple access points, encouraging an appreciation of healthy living.

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