Art & Architecture

About the Artist:

“Christina’s House” Oil by Beverly Hite

Beverly Hite was born in 1927. She began her artistic journey with watercolors as a teen, but later switched to oils, and is no stranger to painting with acrylics as well. Beverly enjoyed art instruction until leaving for college.

In 1947 her college years were cut short when her family made the move to occupied Japan, where her stepfather, a Major in the Army, was stationed. While there, Beverly continued to paint in watercolors and fell in love with a fighter pilot. She married her pilot at a very young age and had two children. The marriage was short-lived, and Beverly eventually remarried and took a position as Registrar at Ringling College of Art & Design.

With a busy home life, her artistic endeavors were limited to photography. Upon her retirement, she began to study and hone her painting skills with several artists in the Sarasota area. At her current age of 91, she only recently gave up the weekly drive from Bradenton to North Sarasota, however, she still paints daily.

About the Architecture:

Ft. King George Drive House designed by Michael Russell

The butterfly roof reflects the distribution of the floor plan functions. The wings are not equal; the areas of the plan most used are under the larger wing facing the expansive view of the marsh. Lesser used functions are under the smaller wing. The valley between the wings expresses the entry to the house and the stairs descending to the level below the main floor, while focusing an east/west view across the length of the house.

The two wings are further differentiated by different rates of roof slope and different angles of the exterior walls framing the west deck.

Two site features are the large live oak and slope of the property which dictate the location of the entry and car drive and parking. A bare structure, reinforcing the inverted wing design of the house, serves as cover for the entry and an automobile.

Small dimensioned white clapboard siding, tall windows flushed to the exterior walls, and no roof overhangs reinforce the crisp geometry of two major forms. For solar and rain protection at windows, overhangs are designed as attached. The roof is ribbed galvanized metal to complete the exterior choice of finishes that respects the existing architecture of the community.

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