Internationally acclaimed artist Robert Rauschenberg's private estate took a direct hit on August 13, 2004 when Hurricane Charley came ashore on Captiva Island. The eye of the storm came ashore just a few miles north of the main studio, passing over the barrier Islands of Sanibel and Captiva on its way to land fall in Port Charlotte, Fl. Mr. Rauschenberg was subsequently evacuated by a National Guard helicopter shortly after the storm. A total of eight structures on the compound were damaged to various degrees from the Charlie’s hurricane winds. Fortunately, the main studio housing his ongoing work held up well due to the excellent construction and building codes in force.
The first insurance adjuster representing the insurance carrier made a recommendation of payment of $66,271 to Mr. Rauschenberg's personal residence. Shortly thereafter, Tutwiler & Associates was retained by Mr. Rauschenberg and as a result we were able to cover full policy limits on his home with no depreciation applied and a deductible of $29,000 absorbed.
Tutwiler & Associates then went on to assist him and his staff with the claims for damages to his various properties. This included his art studios, as well as other properties he owned at this island estate. An individual Tutwiler adjuster was assigned to each building since each had its own coverage’s, limits, and adjusting issues. We also worked closely with the excellent staff employed by Mr. Rauschenberg who played a big role in a successful outcome. At the conclusion of the claims process, fair settlements were reached on all the buildings allowing all properties to be fully repaired.
On a personal note it was an honor and pleasure to meet Mr. Rauschenberg in person in his studio as well as learn about and see some of his work in progress during our many visits adjusting these losses. Also hats off and big thanks to his great staff who worked with us throughout the claim process. Working for this world renowned artist was a truly memorable experience.