Market Pavilion

Teofilo Victoria

Market Pavilion

Project Description

During Teofilo Victoria's tenure as Seaside's first Town Architect, his office was an abandonned sharecopper's cabin that had been trucked in to be reused.  At the time it was installed next to the Shrimp Shack, the only other structure.  Installed for a short time atop the platform that would later be rebuilt as the Beach Pavilion, Teofilo later renovated the Shrimp Shack to be used as the central pavilion of the open air market.  This market would later become Perspicacity.  The pavilion is a small one room building with both front and back porches supported by wood columns. The roof’s trusses are exposed emphasizing the tectonics of the wood structure.

Project Specifications

Teofilo Victoria
Building Name:
Market Pavilion
Preferred Name:
Market Pavilion
Code Type:
Type V – Special District
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Teofilo Victoria

Teofilo Victoria


Teófilo Victoria began his education in Germany studying naval architecture. He came to the United States in the early 70s to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, from which he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts followed by a Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1979. He worked for Arquitectonica and was involved in the initial drawings for Seaside before enrolling at Columbia University. He finished his formal education in 1982, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Design.

In 1982 Victoria traveled to Florida and joined the Seaside charette, and in 1983 he became the first Town Architect. He remained at the post for a year, helping to define a previously un-tested role which became a vital part of Seaside’s architectural efforts in later years. Victoria remained in Florida, and in 1987 began the firm delaGuardiaVictoria Architects with his partner, Maria de la Guardia.

Victoria has been involved in academia for nearly his entire career. He has taught at Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Miami where he also served as Undergraduate Program Director from 1995 to 1998 and Graduate Program Director from 1999 until 2009. In 1992 he worked with Vincent Scully and others to edit Between Two Towers: the Drawings of the School of Miami.

Today he is a practicing architect and urbanist, doing residential projects in Florida and the Caribbean, and urbanist projects across the country. His firm publishes Canoa, a Journal of the Architecture and Urbanism of the Greater Caribbean. Victoria and de la Guardia were recently awarded a 2008 Palladio Award for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design, a Charter Award from the Congress for The New Urbanism, and the Phillip Trammell Schutze Award for their work. Victoria is a member of the Congress for New Urbanism and the Institute for Classical Architecture and Classical America. 

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Market Pavilion

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