FLOR500, Garden 441 Ralph Twitchell, Architect (1890–1978) Known as the “Father of the Sarasota School of Architecture,” Ralph Twitchell was brought to Sarasota in 1925 to oversee the construction of John and Mable Ringling’s mansion. By the 1940s, Twitchell and his early partner, Paul Rudolph, transformed local architecture with a dramatic break from the past. The spreading, open design and use of glass walls are characteristic of their style. Twitchell introduced Ocala block, a type of concrete block, as a building material, and used glass blocks.
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Ralph Twitchell, Architect

(1890–1978)

Known as the "Father of the Sarasota School of Architecture,” Ralph Twitchell was brought to Sarasota in 1925 to oversee the construction of John and Mable Ringling’s mansion. By the 1940s, Twitchell and his early partner, Paul Rudolph, transformed local architecture with a dramatic break from the past. The spreading, open design and use of glass walls are characteristic of their style. Twitchell introduced Ocala block, a type of concrete block, as a building material, and used glass blocks.  



 




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