Florida Southern College Has the Largest Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture in the World
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings can be found throughout the South, and the region is also home to the largest single-site collection of Wright architecture anywhere. A large portion of the buildings on the campus of Florida Southern College are Wright's distinctive designs. Located in the small Central Florida town of Lakeland, the campus has 13 Wright-designed buildings, including the Thad Buckner Building, Danforth Chapel, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, and a Usonian house.
In the 1930s, the president of Florida Southern College approached Wright, who had just completed Fallingwater, one of his most well-known structures. When asked to design the buildings on the Florida campus, Wright agreed. They broke ground in 1938 on the first of the designs, the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, which was completed in the 1940s. Construction of the Wright structures was completed in the 1950s and other buildings were added after Wright's death.
Today, the campus provides guided and self-guided tours of the Wright architecture. Additionally, according to Florida Southern College, "The Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center provides a home for the permanent display of photographs, furniture, and drawings depicting Wright's relationship with the College. The Center also acts as a home for visiting exhibits on loan from various other Wright sites."
According to Florida Southern College, "In 2012, the Florida Southern College Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior for being the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world."
You can learn more about the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at Florida Southern College at flsouthern.edu. The college also sells a variety of Wright-themed merchandise in their online shop, including a Fallingwater puzzle.
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