6812 SW 35th Way
This house is located in the Gainesville Country Club Estates which was developed beginning in the 1960's. this architect-designed residence was recently rehabilitated to restore its existing and introduce new features inspired by mid-century modern design. The new floor is terrazzo tile laid on a 45-degree angle. The kitchen is a contemporary twist on postwar modern design replete with glass tile backsplash. The mid-century modern screen dividing and organizing the living space is an interpretation of a screen designed by renowned interior designer William Pahlmann for the now demolished President's Hotel in Hong Kong. The landscaping design and plantings are also mid-century inspired.
4420 Clear Lake Drive
Overlooking Clear Lake, this house was commissioned by Dr. Raymond Fitzpatrick who was the firs Medical Director of Gainesville, Florida's Hospice (now Haven Hospice). The residence was designed by local architect Lester May of Moore and May Architects. Perhaps inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, the house sits on a raised terrace. The primary material is Ocala block - popular with many mid-century modern architects practicing in Florida. The carving above the front door says "a hundred thousand welcomes"in Gaelic. Maasai wedding necklaces from Kenya, Saudi Arabian coffee pots, Bedouin jewelry and dress and other artifacts on display in the house were collected by the current owners from as they have traveled the globe.
2906 SW 2nd Avenue
Facing the University of Florida golf course, this residence was built in 1966 for the Block family. Dr. Seymour Block was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Florida and Gertrude Block was an English instructor for the university. The house is characterized by its open plan and walls of glass at the front and rear of the residence that allow for visual continuity between interior and exterior - both hallmarks of many mid-century modern designs. Recently, the house was sensitively refurbished to reinstate some of its period features while updating its kitchen and baths.
1004 NW 34th Street
Finished in 1962 in the Libby Heights neighborhood, this house is often referred to as the "butterfly roof" residence referring to its most distinctive feature. The house was originally commissioned by Pat Polopolus and designed by architect Jack Clark. The house is constructed of cast block including the custom-designed perforated screen wall that faces 34th Street. Other id-century modern features include the open plan with glass-enclosed entry and connector, clerestory windows, exposed roof beams at the ceiling, and terrazzo floors.
2815 SW 8th Drive
Designed in 1950 by architect M.H. Johnson, the house was originally built for the Flowers family. Dr. Flowers was a Physics Professor at the University of Florida. The architect stepped the flat-roofed house back on its lot and placed windows to provide views of a large backyard. Common mid-century modern materials such as cast block were used. Renovated in 2012 by the current owners, the carport was expanded and the infinity pool was added. The enclosing of the original, screened sun porch or "Florida room" the glass maintained the footprint of the residence and preserved the view and connection to the surrounding property.
3105 SW 5th Court
Located in the Colclough Hills subdivision, the Cassisi House (1964), named for its current owners, was originally commissioned by Dr. William Weil, a member of the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine. The architect was UF Architecture Professor Harry Merritt who attended architecture school at Harvard University where he studied under Bauhaus founder and first director Walter Gropius. Constructed of Ocala block and redwood, the house is sited to take advantage of a large oak tree that provides shade to the front. The post-and-beam construction is visible and emphasized by 33 foot long wood beams that support and project beyond a flat roof. Large spans of glass and clerestory windows bring natural light into the house and visually connect interior and exterior.