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.
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.
David Cohen House 2009
Chair detail: the furniture was originally positioned along the top edge of the conversation pit.
2018 photoshoot with photographer Bryan Soderlind (IG @thegoldenbear) and model Chase Black (IG @chasenoir)