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Circular midcentury modern gem wants $1M

The Hilton Leech Studio in Sarasota, Florida, was designed by Jack West and Elizabeth Boylston Waters in 1960

White brick circular house with clerestory windows, flat overhanging roof, and a double-height glazed entrance set among tropically landscaped grounds.
The Round House was designed as a residence and teaching studio for painters Hilton and Dorothy Leech.
Photos by Rich Montalbano courtesy of Modern Sarasota

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Location: Sarasota, Florida

Price: $1,000,000

Here’s another fantastic midcentury home from the Sarasota School of Architecture, a regional modernist style that emerged after the war in and around Sarasota, Florida, and which counts Paul Rudolph and William Rupp among its notable architects. What sets this one apart is its completely circular design.

Known as the Round House, or the Hilton Leech Studio, the striking residence was designed by Jack West and Elizabeth Boylston Waters in 1960 for artists Hilton and Dorothy Leech as their personal home and as a teaching studio. It has since been carefully updated by local architect Tatiana White.

Measuring approximately 2,714 square feet, the home features 18-foot ceilings, a cantilevering flat roof, clerestory windows circling the top of the curved walls, and soaring, double-height spaces. White brick clads both exterior and interior walls, while terrazzo lines the floors in the common areas. Here, a section of full-height glass illuminates the open-plan dining, kitchen, and living room.

Behind this section is the master suite and an updated bath. Upstairs, a mezzanine offers a space for an office and an additional lounge area, while a bathroom is enclosed in a cylindrical volume. There are two bedrooms and three baths total.

Located on three private lots, the property at 4433 Riverwood Avenue includes a heated pool and gardens. It’s offered at $1 million.

Courtesy of Modern Sarasota