A group of architecture enthusiasts took a trip to Ponte Vedra Beach Aug. 12 to tour the renowned Milam House designed by acclaimed architect Paul Rudolph.
Located at 1033 Ponte Vedra Blvd., the house was built in 1961 by Rudolph and named the “House of the Year” by Architectural Record in 1963. It was Rudolph's last Florida residence and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016. The house is currently for sale for $4,700,000.
About 60 people participated in the tour of the home, included a group from the Sarasota Architectural Foundation, as well as other architecture fans hailing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville and New York. Attendees of the tour enjoyed viewing the house, as well as the opportunity to hear from Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation President Kelvin Dickinson, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects Carl Abbott and former Docomomo (international committee for documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) Miami Chair Richard Shieldhouse.
“It was a very, very cosmopolitan group with an eye for artistry when it comes to architecture,” said Clare Berry, realtor and owner of Berry & Co. Real Estate, the listing agent for the home. “They were very grateful to be there, and we were grateful to welcome them and share the house with so many gracious guests!”
The main house and guest house total 6,858 square feet, while the entire area including garages, pool and terraces is about two times as large. The interior currently includes five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths, a separate bar, an office and exercise room as well as a garage for three cars.
“Their jaws were dropping walking through,” said Berry. “It was very exciting to see informed appreciation of Paul Rudolph’s work.”