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The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College
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N 28° 01.916 W 081° 56.965
17R E 406676 N 3101103
Quick Description: Florida Southern College, in Lakeland, is home to the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 9/2/2006 12:49:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMP6J
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
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Long Description:

The Frank Lloyd Wright
Campus of
Florida Southern College
At Florida Southern College is located the largest collection of
buildings on one site ever created by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of
America's foremost architects. Wright's plan for the campus is the
only tangible example of his community planning ideas, termed "Organic
Architecture." His concept was to decentralize the city by distributing
urban functions to rural areas and to utilize new technologies in the
building trades. Wright's involvement at the campus was the result of
urgings from Ludd M. Spivey, then president of the college. Wright
insisted that the college's individual buildings reflect their environment
through the use of "native materials all universally adapted to the
uses of young life." Eighteen buildings, only seven of which were
completed, were originally planned for the campus. The Annie Pfeiffer
Chapel, begun in 1938, was the first to be built, and the
Polk Science Building, completed in 1959 during the presidency of
Charles T. Thrift, Jr., was the last. Later buildings on the campus
were designed by Nils Schweizer, an eminent Florida architect and
student of Wright. The Florida Southern College Architectural District
was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Visitors are welcome on the campus. Please park in marked visitor parking, or along Johnson Avenue, on the west side of campus. Walking tour brochures with maps are available here:
N 28° 01.913 W 081° 56.955

Search for nearest waymarks to locate each of the Wright structures on campus. Photographs of each building are displayed on those waymark pages.

Marker Number: F-295

Date: 1976

County: Polk

Marker Type: Roadside

Sponsored or placed by: Florida Southern College in Cooperation with Department of State

Website: [Web Link]

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