Maureen Zaremba, curator of educational programs at Ringling Museum of Art interviewed architect Edward ‘Tim’ Seibert this past Tuesday as part of the ‘Collecting Recollections’ series. Seibert is known for his contributions to Sarasota’s mid-century modern architectural movement, commonly know as the Sarasota School of Architecture
I enjoyed this interview – Seibert has a dry sense of humor, doesn’t take himself too seriously and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion.
Seibert attended Stanford University for three years as an art major with ‘no ambition other than to have a good time.’ He became interested in architecture and enrolled at University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1953. He went on to work as a draftsman with prominent Sarasota School architect Paul Rudolph and with mover/shaker/developer Phil Hiss. Seibert then started his own architectural practice in 1955.
Built for the DeVries family in 1955, the Craig Residence in Lido Shores was one of the first design jobs for the newly-formed Seibert Architects. A few years later, the house was bought by the Craig family who hired Seibert to design a living room addition, which rises up perpendicular to the original, low structure.
This house is a perfect representation of the Sarasota School of Architecture style – a simple, clean design with flat roofs, strong horizontal lines, high rectangular windows, overhangs and an open carport.
The Lido Shores area of Sarasota is crazy with mid-century modern homes. Originally developed in the 1950’s by Phil Hiss, it is a Sarasota School of Architecture showcase neighborhood. Go there. You must. It’s beautiful.
Don’t let the unassuming front exterior of the Cooney House fool you. The real mid-century magic happens once you step inside the front door.
This Tim Seibert designed house was built in 1967 and is loaded with Sarasota School of Architecture elements. Built on a 50′ lot, this simple rectangular design has a flat roof, block walls finished off with stucco and a strong horizontal geometry.
Inside, the most stunning aspect of this house is giant glass doors, which border both sides of the living room. Natural light pours in, blurring the line between inside and outside. When open, the doors allow for cross-ventilation and passive cooling.
Tim Seibert’s talents were not limited to residential projects. He designed condos, resorts, marinas, shopping centers and a personal favorite – this pavilion at Siesta Key Beach. I love the way the giant, beamed roof sits high atop concrete pillars, shading the concession stand and bathrooms beneath it. With the exception of some minor changes to the restrooms, the pavilion has remained largely intact.
To learn more about Tim Seibert and the Sarasota School of Architecture go to Sarasota Architectural Foundation. In addition, great book sources include Sarasota Modern by Andrew Weaving and The Sarasota School of Architecture by John Howey.