Observations, photographs, and video of the construction of a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house which serves as the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center on the campus of Florida Southern College, located in the South Lake Morton Historic District of Lakeland, Florida. Follow this link for visitor information.

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.  |   G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

And after the rain ...


The fact is that this project has enjoyed some uncanny luck with Florida's famously fickle weather. The winter was milder than almost anyone can remember, making for great block-laying days for the masons who did the bulk of their work in November and December. The carpenters had to cover part of the house in advance of a rainy weekend, but the real season won't be here for a couple of months, so there ought to be plenty of time for roofing. See the video (above), and check out the latest photos.

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1. Mariah | March 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM EDT

Have been working on a research paper about the FSC campus and the restoration work being done (as well as the new construction of the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center) for the past 9 months... was going to drive to Lakeland yesterday to take some pictures but the rain prevented me. Love seeing the progress coming along so well!

2. Michael | March 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM EDT

Mariah,

Hope you'll be able to return soon. Your work sounds interesting.

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Craftsman earns national reputation 
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Traffic Operations sign technician Gary Griffith installs one of the new Frank Lloyd Wright Way street signs at Success Avenue and the former McDonald Street. The address of the house itself is now:

Our Video makeover is complete! Choose the main Video page, or any of the "year" pages to watch all of the project action in full HD. Also see The Blocks, The Glass, The Wood, The Fountain, and 3D Animation in crisp, clear high defintion.
 
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The Premiere of the historic Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House took place October 31st. Dignitaries from the city, the county, and the college joined the donors, craftsmen, and professionals who made it all possible.

Watch our interview with Ken Berman who installed the glass inserts, and see how all of the 10,000 board feet of southern cypress was turned into ceilings, walls, shelves, and doors. 
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On May 20, 2010, Dr. Anne Kerr announced Florida Southern College's plans to construct a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "Usonian House" which will serve as a new education and tourism center.

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The site of Florida Southern College's latest addition to its Frank Lloyd Wright collection - the largest in the world in a single location - is on McDonald Street between Johnson and College Avenues in one of Lakeland, Florida's oldest historic neighborhoods.
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