Mary Rockwell Hook

Born September 8, 1877 in Junction City, Kansas USA
Died September 8, 1978 on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida USA

During the 1930s when Florida land values collapsed, Kansas City architect Mary Rockwell Hook purchased 55 acres on Siesta Key in Sarasota on the west coast of Florida. Today we know the properties as Whispering Sands, Sandy Cove and Sandy Hook.

On the Whispering Sands property, Hook designed an inn and cottages intended as an artist colony. The colony became famous enough that Eleanor Roosevelt visited. Ahead of her time in 1937 or before, the architect used a solar heating system to supply the inn with hot water.

Another Mary Rockwell Hook innovation attached garages to houses, according to her daughter-in-law, Libby Hook, in a 1994 article published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

In the same article, Libby Hook mentioned that her parents-in-law purchased the home of Powel Crosley when he moved to his estate Seagate now known as the Powel Crosley estate in North Sarasota.

Hook's development called Sandy Hook served as an incubator for Sarasota School of Architects including Victor Lundy, Paul Rudolph, Tim Seibert, and Ralph Twitchell. Twitchell's son, Tollyn, designed the famous Carousel House there. Today this 900-square-foot one-story round home serves as a guest house to the 5,300-square-foot Nielsen House built on the Siesta Key site in 2006. To read more about the renovation, please click here.

Hook died at age 101 in 1978 in the octagon-shaped home that she designed for herself in the Sandy Hook neighborhood on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida.

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20 Whispering Sands Dr #203, Sarasota

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19 Whispering Sands Dr #302, Sarasota

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19 Whispering Sands Dr #902, Sarasota

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20 Whispering Sands Dr #104, Sarasota

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134 Whispering Sands Cir #v-13, Sarasota

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Articles about Mary Rockwell Hook & Her Work

Sarasota History Alive!: Siesta Key Architecture a Natural

International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Spotlight: Mary Rockwell Hook

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Kentucky, designed by Mary Rockwell

Patricia Shackelford AKA Mrs Blandings blogs about Mary Rockwell Hook

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (January 4, 2004): Sandy Hook attracting redevelopers

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (April 27, 1994): Mary Hook brought her skill, love to Siesta

Sarasota Herald-Tribune (December 4, 1977): Hooked on Architecture

Mary Rockwell Hook (1877-1978) Papers (KC0010)

Soodie Beasley blogs about Architect: Mary Rockwell Hook (1877-1978)

Missouri Valley Special Collections on Mary Rockwell Hook

National Register of Historic Places Inventory: Nomination For Residential Structures (Kansas City) by Mary Rockwell Hook

Find a Grave: Mary Rockwell Hook

University of Missouri (retired) Professor Tim Cook's podcast on "The Life and Works of Mary Rockwell Hook"


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