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A Visit To Florida Southern College

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 30, 2015 01:06 AM
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by Eric last modified Jan 29, 2015

I had the chance to recently visit Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL and take a special tour of its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture-rich campus, including its newly built (and stunning) Usonian house (known as the Sharp Education and Tourism Center). Read and see more after the jump... It was a chilly, but bright and sunny day in Lakeland when we visited--perfect for walking around the College campus and soaking up some Wright architecture. Mark...




 

 

IMG_1659I had the chance to recently visit Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL and take a special tour of its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture-rich campus, including its newly built (and stunning) Usonian house (known as the Sharp Education and Tourism Center). Read and see more after the jump...

 It was a chilly, but bright and sunny day in Lakeland when we visited--perfect for walking around the College campus and soaking up some Wright architecture. Mark Tlachac was kind enough to show us around and give us an informative and engaging tour of the various buildings. Here's some of what we saw:

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The newly-constructed Usonian House, originally conceived by Wright as staff housing at the College, is an absolute jewel. The textile block construction is punctuated with colored glass inserts that make the walls sparkle. All of us agreed we could live in one of these houses in a heartbeat.

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The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel (1941) was not open to tour due to the start of its restoration, but it's still an impressive building from the outside to take in. I can't wait to come back and see the restored interior!

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The Danforth Chapel (1955) next to the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is a little jewel as well. The large faceted art glass window is the chapel's impressive focal point. As one of the last building's built on campus, its had the least changes applied to it.

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The special circular speaking room in the Ordway Building (1952) was one of our favorite spots on the tour. The unique shape of the room and its cone-shaped ceiling created a perfect acoustic environment for the speaker in the center of the disc-shaped room to hear their voice the way the audience hears them. Perfect for practicing your elocution.

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After viewing all of the buildings and walking under the network of esplanades, we ended up back at the visitor's center to see the gift shop and the wonderful bronze statue of Frank Lloyd Wright, positioned to proudly partake in the view of his architectural gift: Florida Southern College.

If you get the chance, come visit the campus of Florida Southern College for yourself--there are so many amazing things to see and it truly is one of the most unique architectural experiences you will ever have. Get tour details and plan your visit here.

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