Frank Lloyd Wright was approached by college president Dr. Ludd Spivey in 1938 about designing “a great education temple in Florida.” Such an opportunity to design a campus from scratch appealed to Wright, who was critical of the lack of architectural value in most college campuses.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for Florida Southern College does not dominate the land, but works in harmony with it. His organic architecture melds the buildings with the environment, and the buildings work together as a whole. Twelve buildings were constructed between 1939 and 1958.
The college maintains a visitor center in the original library and provides a walking tour guide. Tim and I walked through the campus and wandered into the buildings that are open. The buildings are constructed of sand-cast blocks that feature geometric designs and pierced openings, which are often filled with pieces of colored glass. The interiors of the two chapels, which are two of the hallmark buildings on campus, were breathtaking.
|The Original E.T. Roux Library|
|The Original Library Reading Room Is Now the Visitor Center|
|Annie Pfeiffer Chapel|
|Light Floods the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel|
|Pieces of Colored Glass Add Interest|
|William H. Danforth Chapel|
|Inside the William H. Danforth Chapel|
|Esplanades Connect the Buildings|
|Geometric Motifs Characterize the Esplanades|
|A Water Dome Was Completed in 1948|
(Unfortunately, We Didn't See the Fountain While It Was "On")