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Property Name ROTHMAN. M AURICE AND THELMA, HOUSE
Reference Number 13000034
State Florida
County Pinellas
Town Saint Petersburg
Street Address 1018 Park Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 02/27/2013
Areas of Significance
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000034.pdf
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The Rothman House is significant at the local level for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. The building is a significant example of Mid-Century Modern architecture. The residence embodies a radical modification of common residential planning and design in transforming the traditional simple exterior and interior plans into a dramatic series of hexagons, while retaining emphasis on open planning and the extensive use of glass and attenuated wall features to make buildings appear lighter, blurring the distinction between the interior and exterior. The design borrows from Frank Lloyd Wright's concept of the Hexagonal Usonian house type and is also inspired by the open plan and extensive use of glass walls and partitions employed by the leading architects of Florida's Sarasota School of Architecture. St. Petersburg architect Martin P. Fishback, Jr. made use of large expanses of glass, and a dramatic use of the merging of inside and outside spaces through the use of an open plan in a building composed of two wings connected by a transition bridge. Fishback expanded on Wright's use of the hexagon as the construction module by employing it for the shape of major rooms partly encased in glass walls. Fishback also varied the floor level of the dining and living rooms in the one-story house to further blur the distinction between the exterior and interior spaces.

 

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