The Wright Stuff: A masterpiece in Culbreath Isles

The sweeping lines. The elegant geometry.  The stunning use of wood and stone. Think of 4937 Lyford Cay as Florida’s Fallingwater, a tropical counterpart to the legendary Pennsylvania residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Except it wasn’t designed by Wright, and it’s not perched above a waterfall — it sits on a unique waterfront property […]

Happy 10th Birthday to the Dalì’s “new” building!

It’s been 10 years!? On the one hand, I feel like St. Petersburg’s most celebrated museum opened its iconic building just yesterday, and on the other hand it’s become such a landmark that it feels like it’s been here forever. But no, it was back on Jan. 11, 2011 that a wacky parade led by […]

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Sarasota Art Museum & SarasotaMOD: Architecture is the star this weekend

 The old Sarasota High School has been on the Tamiami Trail as long as you’ve been driving it. Little has changed on the facade of the red-brick, Collegiate Gothic-style building since it was built in 1926. If you passed by recently and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s time to turn back for […]

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Hot Wheels! The WheelBase car condo is having a grand opening!

Remember Howard Walker’s story about the new complex that he called “a Four Seasons for your Ferrari?” We covered WheelBase Premium Garage Condos in our Home Design Issue because it seemed a unique architectural combination: housing for cars and a comfortable place to hang out for car owners. Well, if that piqued your interest and […]

Ron Zawistowski in the parking garage behind Cigar Paradise Royal Lounge, with the 150-foot smoke duct above. Photo: Eric Snider

Designing Downtown: Ron Z is making his mark on St. Pete's small-business sphere

Over a couple of decades, Ron Zawistowski has quietly put his imprint on downtown St. Petersburg. His boutique architecture firm, Innovative Design Studios, has no major high-rises or large buildings to its credit, but Zawistowski’s work can be seen up, down and around Central Avenue in restaurants, bars, stores and barbershops. Most of the projects have been renovations, additions and build-outs […]