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FSC receives $400,000 grant for restoration

Florida Southern College was recently granted $400,000 from the state of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources in an effort to preserve the legendary architecture work of Frank Lloyd Wright. 


Included in this project is a major grant to restore the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel back to the original state it was in back in 1941.



LAKELAND | Turns out, Frank Lloyd Wright Way is the right way.


At least for five Lakeland city commissioners. Commissioners voted 5-2 Monday to support Florida Southern College's request to rename McDonald Street near downtown to Frank Lloyd Wright Way. READ MORE

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LAKELAND, FL -- Architectural history was made on the campus of Florida Southern College last week with the grand opening of the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center and its cultural centerpiece, a newly constructed building by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Read more

First New Frank Lloyd Wright Home in 66 Years Opens at Lakeland College

  He's been gone for more than half a century, but the works of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright live on. And, for the first time in 66 years, a new home by Wright is being built. It's being unveiled tonight as a portal for tourists visiting the largest collection of Wright's works anywhere.

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New Frank Lloyd Wright house adds beauty and bucks


Lakeland, Florida -- There are a dozen buildings at Florida Southern College from one of the great minds America's ever produced, Frank Lloyd Wright.


And they've just dusted off 75-year-old blueprints from the architect to add another. It's the college's first new Wright structure in 55 years and it opens Friday.  Read more ...


TALLAHASSEE | Two long-sought projects involving Frank Lloyd Wright designs at Florida Southern College in Lakeland were funded over the weekend as legislative leaders ironed out final differences between the Florida House and Senate budgets.

A Long-Awaited Tribute:
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House
and Pavilion

LAKELAND | Florida Southern College’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus has been designated a National Historic Landmark, it was announced Tuesday.

The Florida Southern College Historic District, known as Wright’s “Child of the Sun” Campus, is the world’s largest single-site collection of his work.

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Lakeland's FOCUS Magazine featured this article in August 2010. Follow this link to the issue's cover and then click to page 14 for the whole story.
LAKELAND, FL - The very first Frank Lloyd Wright design to be constructed for an original client on an original site since 1966 is finally ready for its public debut in Lakeland. Watch the news video here.

54 years later,

a new Frank Lloyd Wright house at FSC


LAKELAND – For the first time since the 1960s, a Frank Lloyd Wright house has been built for its original client on its original site at Florida Southern College.


The 1,700-square-foot house is the only one ever built from this particular Wright design. The Usonian House, as it is known, will be used as the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, according to a release. It was originally designed in 1939 and the blue prints were locked away until recently. It was designed as faculty housing at the college.


The home opens on Nov. 1 with an event at the college. View the photos.


The two-bedroom home was built with 1,978 textile blocks in 47 different shapes and 5,000 colored glass inserts.

A bronze statue of the famed architect will be unveiled at the Friday event. Florida Southern College boasts the largest collection of Wright’s architecture in the world. The new Usonian house is the 13th Wright-designed building on campus. Wright died in 195

LAKELAND | The Usonian House at Florida Southern College was designed in 1939 by a man who died 20 years later, and now the one-of-a-kind building is nearly completed and ready to welcome visitors. Read more
LAKELAND (FOX 13) - Florida Southern College has one more Frank Lloyd Wright building to add to its unique collection.

The Usonian House is near completion, and the college gave a sneak peak of it on Wednesday.

Florida Southern College is adding a brand new welcome center featuring a design by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright drew up the plans in 1941 but they were locked away until now.

The Usonian House was built using Wright’s unique “textile block” construction and his trademark colored glass and is an example of Wright’s vision for American suburban living. This is the first time this particular design of a Wright home has ever been built.


Bay News 9 got a sneak peak of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House at the college in Lakeland on Wednesday.


LAKELAND | Treasured for its storied collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, esplanades and soaring fountain, Florida Southern College is making room for six more structures inspired by the famed architect.

How Frank Lloyd Wright 

resolved his inner struggles; 

small but thoughtful gallery exhibit 

details architect's early vital years

in Chicago


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from the April issue ofConcrete Products, a monthly publication for the concrete industry.
"The concrete mix design was revised from original specs - heavy on local materials - to increase durability while maintaining the same finish as vintage textile blocks, which were molded from a sandstone and coquina mixture. Project principals experimented with more than 50 mixes for the new blocks, creating hundreds of samples before arriving at the final composition ... "