11 April 2016

Preservation Alert: Paul Rudolph's Biggs residence, for sale at $1.495m

Update May 2016: the price has been dropped to $1.495m –motivated sellers!

Rudolph (1918-1997), the highly regarded modernist architect of "Sarasota school" fame and Chair of Yale University's Department of Architecture for six years, has built mostly on the Florida Gulf coast.

But occasionally there are also some commissions from him are to be found on our coast, such as this gem in Delray Beach, the Biggs residence built in 1955-56.

Listed by my dear colleague Linda who showed me the house last week, it was renovated and added to by local architect Bob Currie. Located east of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is only about two easy walking blocks from the ocean.

For sale at $1,795,000, it offers 5 bedrooms with 5 baths on 4,320 sf. The house is in need of a little love, but who at age 60 isn't? During an hour or so in the house, I did not observe anything terrible or deal-breaking.

If you are interested in saving a great modernist home with serious architectural pedigree, and if you love the idea of being an active preservationist – please step right up, here is your chance! Just contact me for a showing at your convenience at any time.


Photos: Linda Lake, Tobias Kaiser

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