Festival honors local architect Tim Seibert

Three days of art exhibits, tours, talks, film screening and parties

Blue Pagoda
Registration - It all starts at the Blue Pagoda.

Now in its fourth year, the Sarasota MOD Week(End) launches Friday, a three-day celebration with film, art exhibits, discussions, tours and parties. It is also a time each year to celebrate the architectural career of one person. Edward J. “Tim” Seibert earned his fame in Sarasota, and then the world, for his architecture and design of buildings that did not move. He is most renowned for his achievements in that profession. He also took his passion for sailing and has designed award-winning sailboats.

Registration, art exhibit and opening VIP Party on Friday

You can ask him about both when he interacts with attendees Friday through Sunday. Starting at noon on Friday, Seibert will greet attendees at the art exhibit of his work in the Blue Pagoda on North Tamiami Trail. The Blue Pagoda is significant, it was the centerpiece display of the 2016 Sarasota MOD weekend honoring last year’s special guest, Victor Lundy, designer of this magnificent building.

There is an opening VIP party for Seibert at 5:30 PM on Friday in Hiss Studio at 1310 Westway Drive. Seibert will accept the Art + Architecture Lifetime Achievement Award. Seibert, now 90 years old, has been a proponent of architecture design since his retirement. A VIP Pop-up Party will follow at the Aloft Sarasota.

Sarasota MOD Weekend Festival is in Full Swing on Saturday

Saturday there is a full day of film screening, panel discussions and guided tours. The Seibert Factor, a film screening of his works will begin the morning activities at the Ringling College of Art + Design. The screening begins at 9:15 AM following a welcome address at 9 AM. At 10 AM, Ft. Myers architect and columnist Joyce Owens will join Seibert in a discussion of the history and direction of the profession. She is the current president of the Florida American Institute of Architects and is a member of the RIBA architectural foundation.

A panel discussion follows on the fundamentals of the Midcentury Modern Phenomenon. Christine Madrid French will the discussion of panelists Carl Abbott, Pat Ball, Michael Epstein and Owens to uncover the relevance of the MCM in modern times. Beginning in the 1950s, this style of architecture has had new meaning for its simplicity in home design and regained popularity through shows such as the Mad Men series.

The Blue Pagoda will be open for free to the public on Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM for a display of Seibert’s works. In the afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM there will be self-guided home tours, individual home tours and two trolley tours. Seven homes are on the self-guided tour, three are new to the tour this year. Tickets can be purchased at Hiss Studio and include the Craig, Low Tide, Chapell/Lifeso, Goull/Chapell, Barzman, Strandhus and Maurice houses.

Lido Shores Umbrella House
Rudolph's Umbrella House in this 2015 renovation

The 2015 Sarasota MOD honored guest, Paul Rudolph, will have his Umbrella House at 1300 Westway Drive on display with two tours starting at 1 PM and 2 PM. Guests will examine the interior and exterior, and discuss the recent renovation of this Lido Shores home. Nearby Hiss Studio will be on display with two tours at the same time, with discussions about Lido shores, Phillip Hiss and Seibert. The self-guided, home and studio tours will be open at the same times on Sunday.

Two concurrent trolley tours from 1 PM to 4 PM Saturday take a look at Seibert on the Gulf and the Top Ten Sarasota Sites. Christopher Wilson, PhD and Sam Halladay, will guide guests on this tour of Seibert designed homes. Halladay has worked at Seibert Architects in Sarasota since 1972 and is the current principal of the firm. Harold Bubil, real estate editor emeritus of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, selected his Top Ten sights of favorite designs in this guided trolley tour. Both will begin and return to the Ringling College at 2363 Old Bradenton Road. If you opt for one tour over the other, don’t worry. Sunday Bubil will duplicate his Top Ten tour, and Hallady will return with Seibert Associates team member Michael Epstein for their trolley tour, Seibert, Then and Now. Both will begin at 1 PM at the Blue Pagoda.

Saturday night will conclude the day’s activities with a cocktail party in the penthouse of the Seibert designed Bay Plaza, a Sarasota icon since 1982. Complimentary valet parking is available for this party starting at 6 PM, catered by Innovative Dining.

A Full Day of Activities on Sunday

The rejuvenated Rosemary District will be very active with walking tours, chair auctions, discussions, refreshments and brunch specials at neighborhood restaurants starting at 10 AM on Sunday. The BOTA Center will be on display at registration for this event starting at 10 AM. The original Badcock Furniture building completed in 1957 has been restored for the next generation of commercial enterprises. Sweet Sparkman Architects and Hive Architects will be on hand for talks on the projects in the Rosemary District at the BOTA Center, 1570 Boulevard of the Arts.

A closing cocktail party at the Aqua on Golden Gate Point will complete the festivities for 2017. Tour the residence with wonderful views of Sarasota Bay and the Ringling Bridge under the lights while enjoying cocktails and hor d’oeuvres catered by Innovative Dining. The music and party begins at 6 PM. This festival promises to be a memorable weekend for anyone interested in Sarasota architecture and design. Tickets for all events can be purchased on the Sarasota MOD website.

There are other choices of events in the area that may pique your interest this weekend. The renowned Sarasota Street Chalk Festival runs Friday through Monday at the Venice Airport fairgrounds and the annual St. Armands Art Festival will be Saturday and Sunday.

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