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  Issue 20-1

Architect Sol Fleischman’s Fresh Take On Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic Prairie Style
Gives New Perspective To A Home Overlooking Tampa Bay


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Sol J. Fleischman Jr., FleischmanGarcia,
Tampa, FL

Kristin M. Petruccelli, FleischmanGarcia,
Tampa, FL

Tim Stroyne, Monogram Builders, Inc., Clearwater, FL

De Schofield

Michael Rixon, St. Petersburg, FL


If all good things come to those who wait, then owners Ted and Bobbie Taub are truly deserving of this stunning, meticulously crafted home overlooking the bay in Tampa, Fla. “I first talked to Ted in the early 1980s, and once again about 10 years later, when he and Bobbie were contemplating a renovation of the original, two-story house that stood on this same lot,” says the Taubs’ longtime friend and architect, Sol Fleischman. On both occasions, however, the couple put a halt to their plans. In fact, by the late 1980s, they began spending so much time at their vacation home in Tucson, Ariz., they considered selling the house and moving out west.

Fast-forward to 2005, when the Taubs called Fleischman to announce their decision to do a complete teardown of their Florida home and rebuild a one-story residence in its place. “We just couldn’t give up this incredible lot,” Ted says. “We decided that if Sol could design an open-plan home with great traffic flow and panoramic Tampa Bay views, we’d be perfectly content to remain here as our permanent residence.”

“We did extensive research for quality, comfortable furniture,” owner Ted Taub says,
crediting Petruccelli for her “very creative design approach.”

In addition to lacking the tall ceilings and open, airy feel they had long envisioned for the house, the Taubs’ main request was for a single-story plan to better suit their physical needs as they grew older. “One-story homes are not the norm within this community, as the cost of land here is quite high,” Fleischman says. “Fortunately, the lot proved large enough, and we were able to come up with a horizontal format that worked perfectly for the site.”

Fleischman credits a major part of the project’s success to the owners’ hands-on involvement. “Ted and Bobbie are extremely well-attuned to the design vernacular,” he says. “It was a pleasure to collaborate with them on this project both as clients and friends.”

The home’s design theme is in keeping with the owners’ devotion to the philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Blending touches of Craftsman, California rustic and contemporary with Wright’s iconic Prairie style, the 5,560-square-foot house features a low, hipped roof, deep overhangs, and an organic palette of wood, stone and steel. Rustic, stacked-stone columns pose important vertical elements on the exterior facade and continue throughout the interiors to lend continuity. Such architectural elements cue the home’s palette — a mélange of creams and browns tinged with sunset shades of russet red and pale purple.

The neutral palette is a fitting backdrop for the owners’ impressive art collection. The couple has traveled extensively, from California to Arizona and New Mexico, amassing a stellar array of works that include important western bronze sculptures, mixed media pieces, paintings and art glass. “One of the main design criteria for the home was to provide ample display space,” says interior designer Kristin Petruccelli, head of Fleischman’s interior design department.

The gallery theme initiates in the foyer, where the stacked-stone columns provide the backdrop for a selection of the owners’ favorite pieces. The airy, two-story space features clerestory windows and detailed flooring of travertine stone and Santos Rosewood inset with solid bronze tiles that reference the Arts and Crafts motif in the stained glass entry doors.

A dedicated gallery space to the right of the main entry provides a showcase for the owners’ art collection, while, straight ahead, the foyer gives way to the living room. Here, tall ceilings and walls of glass accentuate the view, while a dropped ceiling grid of custom-finished, chevron-shaped, stained-ash wood beams lends warmth and intimacy to the space. The showstopper fireplace wall, clad in crosscut travertine, is the focal point for a conversation grouping of ultra-comfortable, luxurious pieces that include a generous-sized leather sectional and a pair of deep-seated lounge chairs.

In the nearby dining room, Petruccelli placed furnishings from a company that licenses original Frank Lloyd Wright designs, from which the Taubs also purchased furniture for the master suite.

Streamlined elegance prevails in the spacious kitchen, custom designed with an eye to the owners’ collections and penchant for entertaining. “The Taubs entertain quite frequently and wanted something really unique for the countertops,” says Petruccelli, who selected a durable, natural material called Bronzite. The space was also outfitted with two islands, one providing display and additional counter space, the other that serves as a casual dining area.

Outside, a covered loggia overlooks the impressive vistas of Tampa Bay. “We built this house for the ability to retain our view and look at it from the perspective of a home that is exactly as we envisioned,” the husband says. “This house is aesthetically pleasing inside and out. The results are truly as we wanted them to be.”

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Front Exterior
Driveway pavers - Tremron Group, Miami, FL
Fabricated by Quality Brick Pavers, Inc., Tampa, FL
Gate - Custom designed by FleischmanGarcia, Tampa, FL
Fabricated by Petersen Metal Products, Odessa, FL
Light fixtures - Minka-Lavery, Lighting Universe, Kirkland, WA
Entry doors, console and flooring - Custom designed by FleischmanGarcia, Tampa, FL
Entry doors fabricated by Artistic Doors & Locks, Inc., Tampa, FL
Console fabricated by Mary Lame Wrought Iron & Aluminum, Inc., Holiday, FL
Bronze inserts in flooring - Ann Sacks, Ceramic Solutions, Tampa, FL
Light fixture - Hammerton, The John Andrew Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Pedestals in art gallery - Custom designed and fabricated by John Katisch, Tampa, FL
Living Room
Ceiling beams, wall cabinetry, fireplace and bar - Custom designed by FleischmanGarcia, Tampa, FL
Ceiling fabricated by Wood Company, Inc., North Clearwater, FL
Wall cabinetry and bar fabricated by Prestige Casework, Inc., Tampa, FL
Fireplace and bar countertop fabricated by Custom Marble Works, Tampa, FL
Sofa - Natuzzi Soho, New York, NY
Lounge chairs - R. Jones & Assoc., J Nelson, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Pollack, New York, NY
Fireplace accent pillow fabric - Nobilis, Jerry Pair & Assoc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabricated by Custom Creations, Dover, FL
Cocktail table/ottoman - Baker Furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fabric - Spinneybeck Enterprises, Inc., Getzville, NY
Occasional table between sofa and lounge chair - Christopher Guy, High Point, NC
Occasional table between lounge chairs - Robert Abbey, Wilson Lighting, Naples, FL
Bar lounge chairs - Brueton, E.G. Cody, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Lounge chair leather - Spinneybeck Enterprises, Inc., Getzville, NY
Wall lamps over artwork - Tech Lighting, Lamps Plus, Chatsworth, CA
Area rug under sofa - Tai Ping, Edward Fields, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Dining Room
Dining table and chairs - Copeland Furniture, Inc., Bradford, VT
Cushion fabric - Zimmer + Rohde, Ammon Hickson, Inc., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Light fixture - Eurofase, Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL
Cabinetry, shelving, countertops, islands and backsplash - Custom designed by FleischmanGarcia, Tampa, FL
Cabinetry, shelving and islands fabricated by Prestige Casework, Inc., Tampa, FL
Countertops and backsplash fabricated by Custom Marble Works, Tampa, FL
Barstools - Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, New York, NY
Hardware - Kitchen Cabinet Hardware, Coconut Creek, FL
Appliances - Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele and GE, Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers, Tampa, FL
Wood ceiling and railings - Custom designed by FleischmanGarcia, Tampa, FL
Ceiling fabricated by Monogram Builders, Inc., Clearwater, FL
Railings fabricated by Petersen Metal Products, Odessa, FL
Lounge chairs, chaises, and cocktail and side tables - Brown Jordan Co., DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Cushion fabric - Perennials Outdoors Fabrics, David Sutherland Showroom, DCOTA, Dania Beach, FL
Fan - Regency Fan Corp., Jim Hurley & Assoc., Inc., Winter Park, FL
Flooring - Walker Zanger, Ceramic Solutions, Tampa, FL
Landscape - The Hughes Group, Odessa, FL
Millwork and molding - Monogram Builders, Inc., Clearwater, FL, and Wood Company, Inc., North Clearwater, FL
Recessed ceilings - Monogram Builders, Inc., Clearwater, FL
Windows and doors - YYK, Glass Services, Tampa, FL, and Weather Shield, DA Products, Tampa, FL
Stacked-stone columns - Eldorado Stone, Stone Design & Solutions, Inc., Clearwater, FL
Recessed lighting - Halo, Erwin Electric, Tampa, FL
Artwork, sculpture and art glass - Owners’ Collection Wood flooring - BR-111, Bast Floors & Staircases, Tampa, FL
Travertine flooring - Ceramic Solutions, Tampa, FL



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