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)

All according to plan

December Gallery
Most of the blocks have been laid and carpenters have now joined the masons on the site. The steel that isn't hidden by blocks will eventually be covered with wood details. In the December Gallery you can also see why the big beam came with large cutouts and get a close-up look at some of the blocks that are too heavy for one man to lift.

Wright envisioned a process that would allow unskilled labor to create and position the blocks, which were sized at 36 x 9 x 3 and weigh about 80 pounds. However, for some special applications -  like corners on the highest course or components of the small planter - the design calls for larger and heavier blocks which will be positioned with a forklift.

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1. Tom Patteson | January 02, 2012 at 12:12 AM EST

The photograph of the axonometric drawing? Is this a typical example of a drawing in the construction document set? In other woeds does the set consist of many 3d drawings?

2. Jeff Baker | January 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM EST

Yes, there is a separate isometric for each course of block.

3. Tom Patteson | January 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM EST

Hmm, so that appears to be something like 15 sheets of isometrics. Cool. Are they 30x42? Almost look like they're drawn at 1/2\" scale, but that wouldn't fit on 30x42 I think. I don't know. Pretty cool in any case. Would love to see more.

4. Tom Patteson | January 03, 2012 at 01:01 PM EST

Are these REVIT drawings?

5. Jeff Baker | January 03, 2012 at 07:15 PM EST

There are actually 16 isometric drawings for just the block, not including the rest of the drawings for the house. They are 30 x 42 and not to scale because they are simply diagrams. These were created in 3d ACAD, just as the rest of the house was similarly modeled.

6. Tom Patteson | January 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM EST

Thank you! So, you did an entire set of working drawings in 3d? Is this typical of your firms approach or was this developed specifically for the FSC Wright house? In any case I think it's cool.

7. Jeff Baker | January 05, 2012 at 11:30 AM EST

Yes, we did the entire house in 3D, but most of the details are in 2D since that was the easiest way to depict them. We do both 3D and 2D drawings depending on the project. It was much easier to visualize all of the connections three dimensionally, and since we modeled everything three dimensionally we felt it was best to share those three dimensional relationships the builders. This has worked out remarkably well since this house is like building a large Swiss watch.

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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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