Bay House

Rauschenberg purchased the Bay House, built in 1966, on December 29, 1978 from Joseph Van Vleck, Jr. The property was purchased in cash and in commissioned artwork – portraits of the Van Vleck family – Joseph, his third wife, Louise, and his six children. Joseph Van Vleck, Jr. was a member of the wealthy Van Vleck family of Montclair, New Jersey, where he designed and built a Mediterranean-style villa in 1916 on his family’s lavish estate, now open to the public as a historical site. His daughter, Sarita Van Vleck, still lives on Captiva and, an artist herself, was a good friend of Rauschenberg’s from the time he arrived in Captiva in the early 1970s. 

In 1988, Rauschenberg had the Bay House moved to its current location, and raised up on pilings in order to build his new studio in its place. He used the Bay House for guests and staff, and today it is a resident house for the artists upstairs and a studio space downstairs.

Bay House, photo by Laurie Lambrecht, 2012

Bay House, 2012. Photo: Laurie Lambrecht

Bay House Construction in 1988

Bay House under construction, 1988. 

Rising Waters in Bay House living room 2015

Rising Waters Confab residents meet in the Bay House living room, 2015.

Mark Poucher-Wardell Milan in Bay Studio-2017

Wardell Milan paints in the Bay Studio, 2017. Photo: Mark Poucher

Susan Banyas and LeBrie Rich discuss collaborative work in the Bay Studio, 2015. Photo: Mark Poucher

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