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)

Puttin' on the "top hat"

February Gallery
On Wednesday, the carpenters made and installed the roof joists over the living room where the ceilings will be the highest. It can't be long before we start seeing what the roof itself will be made of and look like. Watch how it's done on the February page in the Month by Month section and see more photos in the February Gallery.

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1. Tom Patteson | February 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM EST

Mike, These February shots are pretty cool, seeing into thehouse with the sunlight coming through the roof and all. Thanks.

Do you have any idea how they stripped the paint off the old house in those last two shots?

2. Michael | February 12, 2012 at 09:30 AM EST


The house was covered in some kind of siding (maybe vinyl) and I believe the wood was never painted. You can see some peeking out of earlier pictures taken in June, and the October gallery shows the work in progress with some siding in place and some removed.

3. Tom Patteson | February 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM EST

Thanks Michael

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Wizard in Wood
Craftsman earns national reputation 
for work on Florida Southern project

The whole world is watching! 

Over 26,000 people from 141 countries have visited the site more than 38,000 times and racked up more than 97,000
page views. 
We are re-telling the story of the project on our facebook page. If you "Like" it, you'll always know what's what as soon as we do!
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.
With so much happening at once during the final month, we thought you might find it helpful to have these links to our most recent blog posts. Just click the headline to go directly to the post. 
It's in all the papers! 
And online, TV, and radio. Check out
the News page for more.

And see ...
the last 30 Days
in just 30 seconds

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and all the October videos
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. 
Click here for the video.

Take a look at the last frenetic month in the October Gallery.
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.

Click here for a slideshow of the announcement posted on flickr in the  fsc.mocs photostream.
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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