March 8, 2012
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wine + Cheese refreshments
Talk will be by Joe O’Neal who was the original builder for this unique home.
This home is currently for sale through Bob Eckstein, Edward Surovell, realtors. Bob will be the host of the tour.
You can walk to the event from Awixa Road–it is about quarter of a mile. We have also arranged to have a few drivers pick up persons at the corner of Awixa and Orchard Hills. If you are interested in coming, please wait near the corner on the paved area and we will have drivers pick you up.
Description of Home:
Stunning mid-century home designed by architect Alfred Browning Parker the father of the “Tropical Modernist” school of design.
Absolutely unique for this area, Parker’s tropical modern style is not linear and rectangular as in the mid-century “California” style – but flowing and very organic in shape; spaces are defined by curved walls, the roof’s peak line is not linear but an arc, the ceiling below tent like. The curved walls are stunning Magnolia tree wood, well cared for and unblemished.
Like Frank Lloyd Wright his friend and mentor, Parker’s homes were designed to integrate into an environment, draw in the outside, and take advantge of a site’s unique qualities. The Floyd House follows the curved contours of a steeply sloped wooded south facing hillside and every room looks into a valley of hardwoods contiguous to the University Arboretum. There are other Wright influences, among them: the public spaces are volumous and the private spaces more intimate, the home has a carport (enclosed on three sides), the home is very understated from the street, and great attention was placed on materials, detail and craftsmanship.
Shortly before his death in 1959 Frank Lloyd Wright recommended Parker as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow. Parker is the only architect Wright ever recommended. Alfred Browning Parker passed away in March of 2011 after having
completed over 6,000 commissions, predominantly residential homes in Florida where he had his practice and taught at the University of Florida.
This event is free and open to all interested in seeing this unique home! An event not to be missed.