The house was designed in 1960 by architect Jack West, a prominent member of the Sarasota School of Architecture, for artist Hilton Leech.
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John Lautner, a prominent disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, was attracted to round forms.
His round house in Pensacola, Florida, built in 1958, is said to be in near-mint condition today. Reflecting the period in which the house was built, its basement apparently contains a bomb shelter with a 30-inch-thick reinforced concrete ceiling, a hand pump well, a charcoal-filtered air system, and an escape tunnel.
Nearly all of Lautner’s other structures, including some round ones, are in California.