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Martin Harkavy Residence, Lido Shores, Sarasota, FL, 1957-1958


"The Harkavy parcel is bound on three sides by adjacent property, lending to the strong frontal nature of this project. The bedroom wing is projected toward the street with the corresponding void below given over to the carport and entry procession. Subdividing the street face into balanced solid/void components left open the rear of the house to be developed into a two-story loft-like living space that responded to the private backyard garden area. This planning strategy was very much a structural inversion of traditional Southern porch culture, where informal public interaction took place along the street front. In this project, along with several others, a new precedent was set that overtly privatized the domestic life of the inhabitants by placing the main living areas toward the rear of the house."
Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 197.
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