Buildings: Sarasota History
The Dickerson Residence is located at 5211 Cape Leyte Drive in the Siesta Isles area of Siesta Key on a pie-shaped point of land that looks down the Grand Canal and has canals wrapping around both sides of the rear of the property. Cape Leyte extends into Avenida Del Mare that was the location of a number of homes designed in the style of the Sarasota School of Architecture, many of which have since been demolished. The combination of a relatively modest footprint of the home on a large lot (150 feet of seawall) creates an open spacious yard.
The residence is considered to be an excellent representation of the Sarasota School of Architecture incorporating natural materials in a minimalist style designed to be compatible with the local environment through the use of an enclosed screened courtyard, two side screened patios and a central screened patio which enters the interior living area. The home features the original (restored) terrazzo floors, mahogany wood louvered windows, exposed concrete block walls and a flat roof structure supported by exposed steel beams and columns.
The house is a composition of horizontal and vertical planes. Its significance lies in the clarity of concept and extreme distillation of expression of enclosure and openness. For example, the terrazzo floor plane is continuous throughout the house, and the tongue and grooved roof deck is visually continuous at all interior and exterior spaces. Vertical planes of block and glass are similarly clear in conception, as expressed in the original architectural detailing and construction.
The overall plan of the house is a simple rectangle, but is subdivided into an H plan, with various degrees of openness to the exterior - including spaces, covered patio, open patio, and various screen enclosures.
The house is sited on its lot for wide views to the water. It faces a three-way intersection of canals. Views both to and from the house are exemplary. The house appears as a clear, geometric three-dimensional object on its site.
The home was designed in 1959 by Edward (Tim) Seibert and constructed in 1960 by Frank Thyne as the residence for Gloria Thyne's parents, the Dickersons. Frank was a highly regarded builder known for the quality of his work and built several modernist homes in collaboration with Tim Seibert. The style has since become referred to as the Sarasota School of Architecture. The original plans were obtained from Tim Seibert's archives which enabled Jamie and John Barron to accomplish a complete restoration.