As co-founder of the Sarasota School of Architecture, Ralph Twitchell was one of the town’s most important architects—ever. One of his homes has just come on the market, and with a little tweaking it could be, if not a masterpiece, at least a real cool house.
Design-wise, it’s on the cusp. One half is pretty standard 1950s (the house dates to 1956). The other half–especially the grid wall of glass and the surprise of the staircase—give it real personality. If you squint, you can see a family resemblance to Paul Rudolph’s famous Umbrella House.
It’s got three bedrooms and three baths, two on the second floor and one on the first, in a sort of guest suite arrangement. The living room has some very '50s paneling and a fireplace. The kitchen has been renovated; the baths have not, which is all to the good as they retain their original tile, and it looks to be in excellent shape.
The home has a great location—toward the north end of Siesta Key, near the Out of Door Academy. It’s on a canal, and has a dock and a pool. Oh, and it’s on Ralph Street—yes, named after the architect himself.
536 Ralph St. Priced at $669,000. The listing agent is Lois Seropian of Coldwell Banker. Call (941) 232-8941 for more information.