Sherry Flathman of Wagner Realty recently represented the buyer in the sale of the famous 1950 Bennett Residence, located at 3901 Riverview Boulevard in Northwest Bradenton. This mid-century modern home was designed by Paul Rudolph. Rudolph, a pioneer of the Sarasota Modern style, is known for cubist architectural designs that blend the beauty of the natural environment with open, airy interior floor plans.
Rudolph was a Harvard graduate who studied with Walter Gropius - known as a pioneering modernist architect and the founder of the Bauhaus School of Architecture. In the late 1940's Rudolph gained a reputation for designing modern, innovative vacation homes using unique materials. He moved to Sarasota and partnered with Ralph Twitchell for four years before starting his own firm in 1951. The Bennett Residence reflects the principles of this mid-century modern style, allowing for both privacy and a feeling of the natural surroundings being brought inside. One of Rudolph's most notable design elements was to create well ventilated living spaces in harmony with Florida's climate. In the Bennett Residence, he uses glass walls to open the interior space to a private garden courtyard. The home was previously restored by architect and author Joseph King who wrote extensively about Rudolph and his Florida Houses. King painstakingly restored the property in the 1990's after it had deteriorated with the passage of time. King released a book on Rudolph's work in late 2009 called Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses. Paul Rudolph died in 1997.
"Paul Rudolph was certainly ahead of the times when he designed this home" notes Flathman adding, "the floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors are still in vogue today." The home was sold completely furnished with original 1950's era décor, bringing yet another element of historical nuance. The new owner, Gary Goldberg, an architectural aficionado, will continue the tradition of preserving the authenticity of this beautiful home. If you are interested in buying or selling a home, whether traditional, historic, or modern, Wagner Realty agents have a history of providing exceptional service for more than 80 years. For more information, go to www.wagnerrealty.com.