A showy mid-century round house in Jacksonville, Florida, was just put on the market –
Cecil Alexander’s circular house in Atlanta, on the cover of Florida Architect in April 1958. Finished in 1957, the house was featured in Life magazine in November of that year, and in Progressive Architecture in November 1959.
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.