230 BAY WALK

Architect:  MARCEL BRETOS, c. 1986. 

More accurately described as a compound than a home, 230 Bay Walk consists of a one-bedroom house flanked by guest wings and a gym pavilion. All are entered from the outside, via breezeways, and surround a pool that penetrates into the sky-lit screened porch. Expressive trusses above and shallow steps around the pool deck recall the 1950’s Sarasota homes of Paul Rudolph, yet at a scale that often eluded Rudolph at that point in his career.

The home was commissioned by the Katzen family, who hired Marcel Bretos. The architect did not live to see the completion of the home, due to failing health. He died of AIDS in 1986. Though painted in recent years, its strongly horizontal planks and glue-laminated trusses featured exposed wood.

Dwarfing the modernist cottages of twenty years earlier, 230 Bay Walk is a shoulder-padded take on modernism for the Dynasty era

 

Photos: Tom Sibley.