The Walker Guest House replica of a 1952 beach cottage, by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, is a shining example of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement (1941-1966). The house was designed by Rudolph specifically for the subtropical climate of Dr. Walter Walker’s property on Sanibel Island, Florida. The original structure is still used as a guest house by the Walker family.
Rudolph said: “With all the panels lowered the house is a snug cottage, but when the panels are raised it becomes a large screened pavilion. If you desire to retire from the world you have a cave, but when you feel good there is the joy of a large screened pavilion.”
What makes this unremarkable design remarkable nowadays, is how it can be unofficially considered the seed that has planted the Tiny House Movement. Tiny houses on wheels was popularized by Jay Shafer who designed and lived in a 96 sq ft house and later went on to offer the first plans for tiny houses on wheels, initially founding Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and then Four Lights Tiny House Company (September 6, 2012). In 2002, Shafer co-founded, along with Greg Johnson, Shay Salomon and Nigel Valdez the Small House Society.
The Walker Guest House replica was purchased by a private party and will be relocated back to Florida in March of 2020.