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Just listed.. One of the best Mid-Century Modern Buildings in the heart of Wilton Manors, Florida

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 2:21pm

Maybe you have not driven by this beautiful building, but just by looking at the photos you have to admire its elegance, low-slung horizontality and wondered what it was all about.  It is one of Ft. Lauderdale architect Dan Duckham's Mid Century Modern masterpieces. Dan Duckham was Ft. Lauderdale's pre-eminent Subtropical Modernist architect and local disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1965 as Robinson's Beauty School, the structure included an apartment for Mrs. Robinson on the second floor. Frank Lloyd Wright's influence was pervasive in the Post-ward period, and through surface details and materials, a loose-knit group of Florida architects sought to adapt Wright's core ideals to the conditions of Subtropical Florida. They did not create slavish imitations of Wright's work, rather, a unique architectural style arose, of which Robinson's Beauty School is a prime example. Today is the the home of Shuster Design and the story on the happy ending we see today on 26th Street rises to the level of the building itself. After the Robinson's Beauty School moved out, it became part of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Enter Louis Shuster who, for 25 years, had kept an eye on the building, seeing something especial. In 2006 Mr. Shuster was able to purchase the building and commence a painstaking renovation. To visit the building today is to hear echoes of the American Modernism Wright introduced at Fallingwater and in his Usonian houses on the late 1930s. Every last detail on the interior and exterior has been lovingly restored. Just as Wright anchored his buildings to the land through the use of articulated floor plans, exterior planters, low walls and gates. Upon entering, one feels embraced by the interior dimensions and built-in furnishings. Straight ahead a heart and bench welcome the visitor. Around the composition, one catches a glimpse of the central interior space, which rises two stories ans is lined with clerestory windows. The space is bathed in cool fluorescent indirect light, which seems indispensably modern once again. What was once Mrs. Robinson's apartment, with windows overlooking the central space that served as the main classroom of the school, now serves as design studio space. Reaching the second story by one of Duckham's trademark spiral staircases, echoes of Fallingwater grow louder as one moves through spaces compressed and uncompressed and past views of art-adorned nooks and clear, open spaces. Back on the ground floor, glass enclosed offices, materials library, a conference room and a patio radiate from the central interior space modulated by changes in ceiling height and interior volumes, rather than simply by walls. This incredible building is now for sale, located in the heart of Wilton Manors it could be conductive to numerous professional uses.

Approx. 5,800 square feet of working space with: 14 offices, Large conference room, small conference room, 4 areas designated for storage, 1 large space designated for a library, beautiful terrace/garden, Kitchen/bar, 3 bathrooms and an incredible reception area. Wilton Manors is a new trending city with an incredible lifestyle, restaurants and only 10 minutes away from Downtown Ft. Lauderdale and famous Las Olas Boulevard.


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