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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!

Happy trails!

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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.

Happy trails!

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Instagram Roundup #56

by Jamie Sanford on September 11, 2013

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I’m guilty of enjoying some orange soda but WHAT.

There’s a strip of road in the town where my office is that is full of amazing architecture from the 60s and signs like this.

Took a quick shot of this too, does that mean no air for tires?

We went wine tasting for Cindy’s birthday over the weekend. It was really beautiful!

He was requested, so Tiny Edward made an appearance in the tasting room.

Old York Cellars had a beautiful deck that we enjoyed for quite a while after our initial tasting.

Unionville Vineyards was our next stop. Will and I chose the 8-wine tasting, and I highly recommend the Bell Well Chardonnay. I cracked my bottle open for my Nan, and she recommends it too.

Wine tasting selfie with Will, Karla, and Lee in the back. The men were wearing bow ties, and the ladies had tiaras, naturally.

We finished the day with pizza, more wine, and this beautiful sunset at the Hope Valley Vineyard. Who knew that Jersey had such great wine, and the experience was SUCH a good time. I definitely need to do another NJ wine tour sometime soon.

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Frank Lloyd Wright (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 11, 2011

31. Frank Lloyd Wright (Available for viewing on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t think I’ve hidden my love for nearly all things Frank Lloyd Wright.  I don’t know when I first became enamored with the man and his designs, but it became more evident after a trip that my husband and I took in May 2009.  We took a short trip out to Western Pennsylvania, where in a single day we toured 2 homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright—Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, and Fallingwater, probably the most famous of the private homes designed by Mr. Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright, signed tile 2.This is a photo of the tile in the wall at the front door of Kentuck Knob, “signed” by Mr. Wright himself.

Anyway, back to the film.  This is a 2 hour and 40 minute documentary chronicling the entirety of the life and work of FLW, from his young years with a mother giving him building blocks and deciding that her toddler would be a famous architect,  to his scandalous love life, to his times of success and failure in his career, to his eventual recognition and death.  In addition to being an absolutely brilliant designer, he lead an interesting life.  Some of his choices were unfortunate, particularly for his first wife Kitty and their children, but it makes for an fascinating tale.

This is the Larkin building, one of FLW’s first major commissions.

I would highly recommend this Frank Lloyd Wright documentary to anyone with an interest in architecture or just in an interesting story.  FLW had much more going on in his life than drawing homes and buildings, and this film explores all of the happiness and tragedy that befell Mr. Wright during his lifetime.

Frank Lloyd Wright is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.99.

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