Walker Guest House replica to be auctioned at Modernism Week


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


florida, Sarasota
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A full-scale replica of Paul Rudolph’s iconic 1952 Walker Guest House, also known as the "Cannonball House," will be auctioned off at the end of this month during Palm Springs Modernism Week.

The project was commissioned by the Sarasota Architectural Foundation in 2015 in response to the destruction of several Paul Rudolph structures. The replica was constructed from the original Rudolph plans, and initially installed on the grounds of The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art where it was seen by close to half a million visitors. It has been on view in Palm Springs, CA, since fall 2018. To accommodate relocation to multiple venues, the replica was designed to be efficiently disassembled and rebuilt. 

The Walker Guest House Replica is offered partially furnished with faithful reproductions of the original furniture Rudolph designed for the house. The original 24x24 ft., 576 sq. ft. guest house was named one of the most important houses of the twentieth century, along with Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in a 1957 survey of “Architectural Record” readers.

Auction proceeds will support the education and preservation programs of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation and the Palm Springs Modern Committee. Bidding starts Tuesday, February 4, 2020 with a $10,000 reserve. The auction will take place February 25, 2020.