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I have 2 previous posts with images from Florida Southern College: Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – William H. Danforth Chapel & Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College – Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for many years. Not only was Frank Lloyd Wright a genius, but his life was entertaining and scandalous, to say the least. This Ken Burns documentary about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright is completely worth the watch time.

I was very excited to take an informal tour of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, at Florida Southern College, while visiting Lakeland, Florida, back in February. Here’s my final post with images of the campus.

A network of esplanades was part of the original design and were built in the first phase of construction.

In the high heat of Florida summers, these are surely a welcome addition. These lead to the Polk County Science Building.

The Carter, Walbridge and Hawkins Seminar Buildings are also part of the initial phase of building.

A view of the other side of the Polk County Science Building.

The Roux Library and the water dome were included in the expansion of the original build.

The Watson-Fine Administration building , just to the left of the view in the last image.

I love when the buildings are signed.

A wider view, including the doorway.

If you turn away from the door, you can see the reflecting pool and the angular detail of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design.

A different view of the reflecting pool.

Lastly, a look down a long, partially-covered corridor leading away from the Watson-Fine Administration Building. It’s very reminiscent of the porch at Kentuck Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in western Pennsylvania.

Once again, I definitely recommend a tour of the Florida Southern College campus if you are in the Lakeland area. Next time, we will definitely take the official tour so that we can see the insides of the buildings!

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Part 2! In part 1, I talked about the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College. In this post, I’ll look at the William H. Danforth Chapel, one of the later buildings added to the campus, which is the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. This building was completed in 1955.

The William H. Danforth Chapel is the only use of leaded glass in any of the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings at Florida Southern College.

A closer look at the beautiful windows behind the altar in the church.

The side view. I am most certainly going to go back so I can take the tour and see the insides of these amazing buildings.

You can see here just how close the Danforth Chapel is to the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.

I have more images from this campus tour to share. Happy trails!

 

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I have been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for many years. Not only was Frank Lloyd Wright a genius, but his life was entertaining and scandalous, to say the least. This Ken Burns documentary about the life of Frank Lloyd Wright is completely worth the watch time.

I was very excited to take an informal tour of the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world, at Florida Southern College, while visiting Lakeland, Florida, back in February. Let’s take a look at the most famous of all of these buildings, the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. I will post about some of the other buildings in a future post.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to go inside! I’ve seen some images that are beautiful. We will book a proper tour for the next time we are there.

There are signs near almost all of the buildings to indicate that they have gone through a restoration process.

This is the back side of the building from a different location on campus. It’s clearly the dominant building in the collection.

Stairs leading up to the back of the chapel, showcasing the Esplanades, a series of cantilevered, covered walkways that are numerous on the campus.

A door at the back of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel – you can see some of the classic Frank Lloyd Wright molded concrete.


Another look at the molded concrete.

I highly recommend stopping at Florida Southern College to take in the beautiful architecture.

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During our mini Floridian road trip, our first stop was Sanibel Island, Florida. We were largely there to spend time in the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, but as soon as we turned onto Periwinkle Drive (the main thoroughfare of Sanibel), I wanted to stop everywhere! We traveled to Sanibel many times when I was younger, and I would love nothing more than to make another trip there soon.

I pulled into the parking lot when we approached She Sells Sea Shells, a Sanibel Island mainstay.

She Sells Sea Shells has been in business since 1976!

Featured on the sign is a Junonia shell, a holy grail for shellers.

So. Many. Products! You can see more Junonia shells, real ones, in the display case on the left.

There seems to be endless shell art – the creativity is impressive.

Christmas tree ornaments of all shapes and sizes are available.

These are flowers made from shells!

I picked up one of these and was completely surprised at how robust and solid it felt! (Related – I purchased a beautiful Christmas tree ornament that was a mermaid made of shells, and she made it all the way home, in my suitcase, intact!)

Of course, there is a huge section of open stock shells in the store.

So many options!

I went shelling a bit on a Sanibel beach later that day, and I didn’t find anything that looked like this, so I can see why people might want to buy them.

Do you need decor for your beach house or shore house? Look no further!

There were mobiles all of the store. I don’t know how you get one of those home with you, but I find them incredibly charming.

One more wider shot of the store. If you ever find yourself on Sanibel, you MUST stop at She Sells Sea Shells.

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We recently made the trip out to Edison, NJ to attend the 2017 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show. We have been a few times in previous years, and I love going so much. There are many great deals to be had, there are mineral and fossil displays to enjoy, and the people-watching is great too!

The whole convention center is full!

You can purchase gemstones in all manner of preparation – cabochons, uncut specimens, minerals still in the matrix, and fully faceted stones.

Opened geodes and a rose quartz point.

Skulls!

A very large chunk of what appeared to be an interior piece of an enormous geode.

The fossil displays were a bit weirdly placed during this show. I don’t understand why they don’t separate the fossil displays from the gem and mineral dealers.

These quartz anatomical models were in multiple places. Some believe that they can help to manifest masculine energy.

I am upset with myself for not having purchased one of these cathedral geodes. Next year!

Salt lamps! If you are into salt lamps though, they are available on Amazon.

I purchased a smoky quartz point and a clear quartz point.

Over the past few years, I have assembled a collection of gemstone skulls.

I got a great piece of amethyst, similar to these.

It turns out that you can also buy amethyst specimens on Amazon. Why am I surprised by this?

If you attend a gem and mineral show in the future, I highly recommend touring around to many vendors before making purchases. The differences in prices for very similar items was quite significant.

One of my favorite parts of attending the show is getting to see stones I’ve never heard of before.

A celestite geode, next to a skeleton bear foot.

I highly recommend you take a look at the next gemstone, mineral, and/or fossil show that comes to your area, if you are so lucky. They are really interesting and fun.

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