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)

Wright side out

May Gallery
It looks like the masons are about to wrap things up, so we turn our attention to the carpenters. Wright designed this roof to be "invisible" to street-level viewers, so the fascia and soffit details are very important. One last look at the supporting structures in the May Gallery. Take a walk through the interior here.

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1. Tom Patteson | May 27, 2012 at 07:38 AM EDT

Thanks again Michael. The framing shots for May are careful and very informative. Wright was really pushing some things here,( as usual) at least in terms of a small scale Usonian.

2. Mike P. | May 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM EDT

This canteliver is incredible - it doesn't seem possible. Can you put into layman's terms how the phsyics work?

3. Michael Maguire | June 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM EDT


Nope! But maybe we can get an architect or engineer to help out.

In the meantime, check this article in Wikipedia:



4. Jeff Baker | June 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM EDT

For those that may be interested,this cantilever was achieved through a series of balanced beams and it is difficult to describe how they work here. However, simply stated, the fireplace mass supports the weight of one side of the beam, which is then supported near mid-span by a hidden column within the block wall. The beam then cantilevers out over the driveway to the east. There are actually two beams that form the cantilever, but I would have to provide a diagram to illustrate how this beam is supported.

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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.

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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