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)

The view from here ...

September Gallery
... is getting obscured. Bound to happen of course, but as we watch the walls go up, along with the scaffolding, we know that before too long we won't have much of a view into the interior. The window framing on the south side will give us a portal for awhile, so we'll still have a good look from there. Before it closes, we'll fire away to give you the best view of the project that we can.

Check the September Gallery for more.

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1. Tom | October 03, 2011 at 11:21 AM EDT

Of course some of us would love to see you be given special access to shoot the interior construction. Just sayin!

2. Tom | October 03, 2011 at 10:59 PM EDT

By the way, I went back through some of the early summer gallery shots and realize that I do not understand the heating and cooling mechanics of this building. This building is not heated by a radiant floor system. I think I'm correct about that. That means it's all forced air. So in the plan of the house there must be a utility room that houses the units that transfer the geothermal heat to the air and then sends the air back down under slab to the ducts, which then resurface above the slab to supply the heat in winter and the cooling in summer. I wonder how the air is returned in this house?

Also the geothermal excavation under the south front of the house is something I've never seen before. It looks like those radial copper hubs are connected to a vertical well, but why have vertical wells AND a horizontal field of copper pipe? I know this underground field is connected to the house. Mike's photographs show that, but what is the purpose of the horizontal field? Anybody?

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in Wood
Craftsman earns national reputation 
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The whole world is watching! 

More than 50,000 people from 155 countries have visited the site nearly 68,000 times and racked up more than 153,000
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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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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.

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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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