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Property Name Milam, Arthur, House
Reference Number 16000323
State Florida
County St. Johns
Town Ponte Vedra Beach
Street Address 1033 Ponte Vedra Boulevard
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/7/2016
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000323.pdf
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The Arthur Milam House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level under Criterion C in the area of Architecture. As the last of Paul Rudolph's Florida houses, the Milam House proved to be a pivotal work in the architect's career. Completed in 1962, it points more to Rudolph's future than his past. While the earlier houses featured lightweight construction, modular organization, and interior spaces opening directly to the subtropical landscape, the Milam House takes a more muscular approach to design - using more concrete block and less steel or wood framing, and incorporating large, fixed panes of glass and air-conditioning instead of operable windows. Massive brises-soleils frame a glass and concrete block ocean-facing facade in a sculptural arrangement. Unlike many ocean-facing residences, the Milam House is practically sealed off from the ocean, which is amply visible through its fixed multi-story windows. The building includes only an incidental ocean-facing porch, which is accessible from the master bedroom by way of an exterior staircase. Rudolph explores the separation of interior and exterior spaces as the framework exhibited independent of the structure behind it. The rectangles and squares of the orthogonal facade only occasionally relate directly to the interior rooms at various levels by the formation of sun screens, making the design both visually stimulating and functional. The building is a highly individual stylistic statement, a one-of a- kind design created to suit the needs and tastes of a client for a comfortable and visually distinctive residence.

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