Only in Sarasota: The Umbrella House, Lido Shores
For this month's Only in Sarasota illustration, John Pirman focuses in on Paul Rudolph's iconic Umbrella House in Lido Shores.
Built in 1953 in Lido Shores, Paul Rudolph’s iconic Umbrella House was designed with a lattice-like wooden structure (the “umbrella”) that covered the roof and pool; but by the 1970s, decay and storms had destroyed it. The current owners of the home recently restored the umbrella, using aluminum instead of wood for greater strength. Artist John Pirman says it’s exciting to see the house as it was originally intended. “The shadows the umbrella casts reflect the precision of Rudolph’s timeless design,” he says.