Arthur Rutenberg has been building homes in Florida for more than 50 years. Small wonder he’s recognized as the dean of Florida home design. He is credited with introducing the split-bedroom floor plan, positioning the kitchen in the heart of the home, focusing on great views throughout the home of the lanai and pool, widening hallways and doors, and the list goes on and on.
In 1953, a 26-year-old Chicago appliance dealer, along with his father and brother, invests in 10 Florida lots. He gets right to work, designing and building three homes on spec. Rutenberg Homes is founded.
The homes sell quickly, and orders begin to pour in. Arthur Rutenberg’s brother, Charles, joins him in Florida in 1955, and establishes a second building and development business, Imperial Homes. The brothers share ownership in both businesses.
Rutenberg Homes grows steadily over the next several years, expanding across 10 Florida locations, on both coasts, and operating as a collection of small, locally managed companies.