Victor Lundy’s Soaring Rooflines

Why were so many great architects practicing in Sarasota, Florida after WWII? Yes, they were drawn to the sunny climate and natural landscape. They were inspired by Frank LLoyd Wright who had just completed his Florida Southern College buildings, and some, including Paul Rudolph had come to work for architect Paul Twitchell, who did work for John Ringling. I must say, that although Paul Rudolph is my favorite architect, I am also really drawn to the works of the lesser known Victor Lundy. Born in Manhattan, and one of Rudolph’s fellow students at Harvard, Victor Lundy did his first comission in Florida in 1951. From designing a pneumatic structure for The 1966 New York World’s Fair, a drive-in church pavilion that was featured in Life magazine, to the vacation house he designed for his family in Aspen, Colorado, awe inspiring churches in Connecticut and Harlem, and the IBM headquarters in Cranford, NJ, the work he did in Florida is just a small part of his amazing career. Many of Lundy’s works incorporate graceful curves and soaring rooflines. Laminated wood beams sweep upward, ceilings curve toward the sky and pavilions mushroom from the earth. Where Paul Rudolph was all about straight lines and flat planes, Lundy used arcs and textured panels. More to come…

1966 NY World’s Fair Air Pavilion


Sarasota, Florida Chamber of Commerce, 1956

IBM building, Cranford, NJ & Galloways Furniture Showroom, 1959, Sarasota, Florida

Drive-In Church, Nokomis, Florida, 1954

Warm Mineral Hot Springs Motel, Venice, Florida

Sarasota, Florida Post Office

Lundy Rooflines

Lutheran Church, Sarasota, Florida


Church of the Resurrection, Harlem, NY, 1966 (demolished)

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3 responses to “Victor Lundy’s Soaring Rooflines

  1. Craig

    Where was the Galloways Furniture Showroom located, please? I know it was in Sarasota, but the exact address has slipped my memory.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful site!!!

  2. The sarasota post office pictured (shown between Warm Mineral Springs motel and examples of Lundy rooflines – is not by Victor Lundy.

    The Sarasota Galloway’s showroom was on Tamiami Trail, near the old Sarasota High School. The building is still there, somewhere inside a store called Vision Works. Here is how it looks from the street today. (sigh!) http://bit.ly/fQXHPq

    I love Victor Lundy’s work. He is now an artist. When I first met him he came from his studio, and had paint on his hands and trousers. I met him in the Houstonian in Texas. He came to Sarasota the next year to speak at the tour and symposium we put together, in 2001. What an inspiring and interesting speaker he was!

    Thanks for this post,
    Martie

  3. keith m. kelly

    I feel very privileged to have worked for Victor for 5 years. 1960 to 1965, and I’m glad to see he is still working. I still find his work inspiring. Those were the days, and I hope he has many more to come.

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