Vintage furnishings and décor in the Walker Guest House Replica


-- Refrigerator: General Electric, circa 1948, in original condition, purchased on Ebay from a seller in Connecticut. Seller said it was in “incredible original condition. Works great with super quiet compressor.”
-- Stove/range: Purchased from a company that restores vintage stoves in Los Angeles, the stove in the WGHR is gas, the stove in the WGH (original Walker Guest House on Sanibel Island) is electric, online purchase.
-- Sink: Similar to the sink at the WGH, both are cast iron, single basin, double drain boards, manufactured by Kohler; the difference is the WGH sink has the faucet mounted on the splash, not the deck; purchased on Ebay from a seller in Chicago.
-- Wall Cabinets: Based on Rudolph’s plans and measurements from the cabinets in the WGH, custom made by Dale L. Rieke.
-- Base Cabinet: Based on the one in the WGH, probably designed and made by a local cabinetmaker, not specified/designed by Rudolph.
_DSC3003-- Coffee Pot: Tempered Pyrex Flameware, identical to one in the Ezra Stoller photograph, purchased on Ebay.
-- Skillets: copper-clad bottom on stainless steel, Bakelite pistol-grip handle, manufactured by Revere, in his photograph of the WGH kitchen, Stoller hung skillets in front of window to add visual interest.

-- Typewriter: “Lettera 22,” 1950, designed by Marcello Nizzoli, Italian, 1887-1969, manufactured by Olivetti, received the Compasso d’Oro award in 1954, purchased on Ebay.
-- Desk: Designed by Paul McCobb, part of the “Planner Group,” manufactured by Winchendon, identical to the one in the WGH and visible in a Stoller photograph. Purchased on Ebay.

Living/Dining Space
-- Rudolph Furniture: Dining room table, bookcase, daybed, coffee table, based on measurements of the original items in the WGH and on the 1953 Stoller photographs. Custom made by Dale L. Rieke. Technically we might need to refer to them as attributions since we do not have the original detailed plans, but they are shown in Rudolph’s floor plans of the WGH.
_DSC2919-- British Officer’s Chairs/Campaign Chairs: Originally designed for British Army Officers in the 19th and 20th centuries, the ones in the WGHR were adapted by Richard Wrightsman, of Richard Wrightsman Design, based on his model, the “Chatwin Lounge Chair.” From Joe King’s and Christopher Domin’s book, "Paul Rudolph, The Florida Houses,” describing Rudolph’s first office, “Facing the sofa were two British officer’ chairs with canvas seat, back and arms, hardwood legs. This chair was made famous by being used in many PMR drawings and published work.”
_DSC2902-- Deck chairs, (now called director’s chairs): almost identical to the chairs in the WGH, manufactured by the same company, Telescope, based in New York state and founded in 1903. Purchased on Amazon, the chairs at the dining room table are black frames with black canvas; the other deck chairs are in a natural finish with black canvas. The chairs are light and easy to carry to the outside.
-- Books/magazines: A. Parker's Books in Sarasota, Ebay,
_DSC2874-- Wall hanging: “Egyptian Vintage Applique Art, Pharoah & Queen,” Similar to the one in the Stoller photographs, 1953, but smaller. Probably an Egyptian tourist piece from the early 1950s, purchased on Ebay.
-- Sofa pillows & daybed: Colors and fabrics based on Stoller’s photographs, fabricated by Gregory Creech, Creech & Co., Sarasota, interior design assistance from Kathy Bush at Home Resource.
-- Pole lamp: Almost identical to the one in the Stoller photographs, manufactured by Lightolier, purchased from Jess Sturtevant, Branden River Antiques in Bradenton.
_DSC2912-- Radio: Hallicrafters S-38 shortwave, noticed on the bookcase in one of the Stoller photographs, purchased on Ebay, working condition.
-- Candleholder: “Kubus 4,” designed by Mogens Lassen in 1962, crafted in Denmark, by Lassen, Copenhagen, somewhat similar to the candleholder in the Stoller photograph, purchased and by Carrie Cox, in Copenhagen and donated.
-- Bowl: designed by Danish ceramicist, Ditte Fischer, purchased at Illums Bolighus Copenhagen, by Carrie Cox, donated.
—Dan Snyder, Sarasota Architectural Foundation


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