PUNTA GORDA — The influence of Sarasota’s midcentury modern architecture did not stop at the county line. Carl Abbott, a member of the so-called “Sarasota School” of modernist architects, has often said that the Sarasota School “was not just in Sarasota, but the world.”
That includes Charlotte County, which is not often recognized as an architectural hotbed. But a house on the western edge of the city’s National Register historic district certainly has some of the earmarks of a 1950s Sarasota mod, if not the official pedigree.
Recently rescued from foreclosure, renovated and listed at $445,000, the house at 258 Shreve St. has the concrete block that is stacked on the grid for which Sarasota School “founder” Ralph Twitchell was known. It also has big fixed windows, a lowpitched roof in the style of the “builder mods” of Sarasota’s Kensington Park, and an open floor plan with exposed ceiling beams.