David Cohen House

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Designed by architect Paul Rudolph in 1955.
Renovation 2006, Seibert Architects.

The house was built in 1955 for former City of Sarasota Mayor David Cohen and his wife, Eleene, is a classic example of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement, with glass walls that open completely to the elements. Cohen, a violinist, was a co-founder of the then-Florida West Coast Symphony (now known as the Sarasota Orchestra).

Cohen championed the building of the city-owned Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (1970, William Wesley Peters, Taliesen Associated Architects). The Van Wezel is under threat of demolition in 2018 as the city and Sasaki Architects present plans to redesign the bayfront.

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Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Terrazzo Floor, and Bookcase. 1955 photo of the David Cohen House on Siesta Key, Florida

David Cohen, the original owner, was a violinist and co-founder of the then-Florida West Coast Symphony. The architect Paul Rudolph included a conversation pit in the living room where musicians would gather to play chamber music. Photo  of David Cohen HouseView Photos

1955 photo of the David Cohen House on Siesta Key, Florida

David Cohen, the original owner, was a violinist and co-founder of the then-Florida West Coast Symphony. The architect Paul Rudolph included a conversation pit in the living room where musicians would gather to play chamber music.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. David Cohen House 2009 Photo 2 of David Cohen HouseView Photos

David Cohen House 2009

Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Chair, Bench, End Tables, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Terrazzo Floor. Chair detail: the furniture was originally positioned along the top edge of the conversation pit. Photo 5 of David Cohen HouseView Photos

Chair detail: the furniture was originally positioned along the top edge of the conversation pit.

Modern home with Living Room, Terrazzo Floor, and Sofa. 2018 photoshoot with photographer Bryan Soderlind (IG @thegoldenbear) and model Chase Black (IG @chasenoir) Photo 6 of David Cohen HouseView Photos

2018 photoshoot with photographer Bryan Soderlind (IG @thegoldenbear) and model Chase Black (IG @chasenoir)

Credits

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Architect
  • Paul Rudolph
Interior Design
  • Paul Rudolph

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 2
  • Full Baths
  • 2
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1955