Architectural Digest described the Umbrella House as “One of the five most remarkable houses of the mid-twentieth century”. In 1953, developer Philip Hiss hired renowned architect Paul Rudolph to create one of the 20th century's most iconic houses. The dominant feature of the house, the aptly named "umbrella," was originally built of wood and used to shade the house from the intense Florida sun was lost in a storm in the 1960's. The full umbrella over the pool was restored in 2015, receiving the 2016 Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Outstanding Achievement Award, 2016 Florida AIA Honor Award of Excellence for Historic Preservation/Restoration and the 2016 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter AIA Honor Award for Historic Preservation and Rehabilitation.

TOURS: The Sarasota Architectural Foundation (SAF) conducts once-a-month public tours of the Umbrella House but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the tours are on hold for the time being. Information: www.SarasotaArchitecturalFoundation.org

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Green Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. Front exterior on Westway Drive in the Lido Shores neighborhood. Photo  of Umbrella House

Front exterior on Westway Drive in the Lido Shores neighborhood.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Fences, Wall. The original wood "umbrella" shading Paul Rudolph's Sarasota Umbrella House, completed in 1953, was lost in a storm seven years later. In 2015 it was restored to completely cover the pool area.   Photo 2 of Umbrella House

The original wood "umbrella" shading Paul Rudolph's Sarasota Umbrella House, completed in 1953, was lost in a storm seven years later. In 2015 it was restored to completely cover the pool area.

Modern home with Windows, Sliding Window Type, and Wood. Living room Photo 3 of Umbrella House

Living room

Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wood Burning Fireplace, Pendant Lighting, and Coffee Tables. Living room, Dining area and sunken seating area Photo 4 of Umbrella House

Living room, Dining area and sunken seating area

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, Wood Fences, Wall, and Back Yard. Photo 5 of Umbrella House
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and Green Roof Material. Umbrella House Photo 6 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, House Building Type, Green Roof Material, and Wood Siding Material. Umbrella House Photo 7 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House

Modern home with Kitchen, Laminate Counter, Recessed Lighting, Drop In Sink, Wine Cooler, Dishwasher, Linoleum Floor, and Wood Cabinet. Umbrella House, kitchen Photo 8 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, kitchen

Modern home with Kitchen, Laminate Counter, Wood Cabinet, Range, Linoleum Floor, Microwave, and Recessed Lighting. Umbrella House, kitchen Photo 9 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, kitchen

Modern home with Staircase and Wood Tread. Umbrella House, interior Photo 10 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, interior

Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and House Building Type. Umbrella House, roof detail Photo 11 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, roof detail

Modern home with Windows. Umbrella House, jalousie windows Photo 12 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, jalousie windows

Modern home with Living Room, Pendant Lighting, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Sofa, and Coffee Tables. Umbrella House, living room Photo 13 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, living room

Modern home with Medium Hardwood Floor and Chair. Umbrella House, master bedroom Photo 14 of Umbrella House

Umbrella House, master bedroom

Modern home with Outdoor. Westside Poinciana tree Photo 15 of Umbrella House

Westside Poinciana tree

Credits

Posted By
Architect
Interior Design
  • Robert Essner
Landscape Design
  • Richard Anderson
Photographer

Overview

Bedrooms
  • 3
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 1953