Davis Residence, Sarasota, FL, 1953-1954


"The typical wooden stud framing and stucco exterior hides a very unusual roof framing system, detailed by William Rupp. It utilizes double steel angles with frugal construction-grade lumber as decking members placed vertically, creating a total roof depth of three and a half feet. This house was built for $16,000 which was considered quite competitive compared to other residential construction in the area. Rudolph understood that he needed to compete economically with conventional building systems, and for this commission he arranged cost-effective materials in innovative combinations to meet the budget requirements."
Domin, Christopher, and Joseph King. Paul Rudolph:The Florida Houses. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002. p. 169.