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Sanderling Beach Club, Siesta Key, Sarasota, FL, 1952-1953


"The Sanderling Beach Club is the first of Rudolph’s major non-residential projects to be constructed… With economy in mind, these structures are built of typical wood framing left partially exposed on the interior and finished with horizontal cypress siding on the exterior. The system of interconnected vaults relates the various programmatic elements into a single composition. The vaults are constructed of two layers of plywood sheathing with built-up roofing and braced below by standard two-by-four members in tension. Unlike at the vaulted Hook Guest House, the individual units at Sanderling are painted for protection from the salt air and to differentiate distinct construction materials. Ceilings are rendered dark blue while the framing and roof edge are painted white. The horizontal cypress siding is stained a neutral grey. In a similar fashion, the tower is constructed of wood framing painted white. Eight wood ribs form the shallow arc of the vault with thin wood lattice attached along the top as a minimal covering that allows for glimpses of the sky."
Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 221.

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