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. 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.

  3. A few things.
    Lundy designed the then new wing of Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota, FL, where I attended for half of 4 th grade through 6th grade. It, too, has been radically changed, as I found out this September when I visited Sarasota for the first time in 40 years.

    Galloways Furniture went out of business, around the time I finished high school and then became a galley for the artist, Ben Stahl. In the early Seventies, it was broken into and his masterpieces, a series of paintings of the Stations of the Cross, were stolen. They have never been recovered and the case is unsolved to this day. The structure looks awful with the changes done to it.

    Even later, in 1970, Lundy was hired to design the new chapel for the Wesley Foundation at Florida State. I was student president of the foundation and served on the building committee. Lundy and I got on fine, at first. He liked that I had attended Alta Vista and liked the building. I went off to do my student teaching internship and came back at the end of the spring term. At a meeting of the building committee, I questioned him about some aspect of the design that I didn’t understand and he went off on me. Nasty and vicious. So much for that. I walked out and never came back.

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