2 timed tours are offered on Saturday and Sunday to view the exterior and interior of the house, including a talk about Philip Hiss, Edward “Tim” Seibert and Lido Shores.
A glass box raised on fourteen slender steel columns, this design is an elegant example of the International Contemporary style. The studio was one of the first air-conditioned spaces in Sarasota, a necessity to protect the drawings and books.
It was designed by architect Edward “Tim” Seibert in 1953 and built by Philip Hiss, the developer of Lido Shores, as his office. The addition, designed by Bert Brosmith in 1962, is at ground level, surrounded by walled gardens and invisible from the street.
The house exemplifies the Sarasota School of Architecture’s emphasis on flow of outside air through the house and uses simple materials such as glass and concrete block.