"Frank Lloyd Wright Does Florida" Top 5 Page for this destination Lakeland by yooperprof

Lakeland Travel Guide: 49 reviews and 74 photos

Child of the Sun

Organic Architecture: buildings that don't dominate the earth, but live in harmony with it. Structures that respond to and accomodate their environment. What a concept! Here at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Wright attempted to bring his philosophy of architecture to the semi-tropical south. Florida Southern is rightfully proud of its unique concentration of remarkable FLW buildings.

The Esplanades

These covered walkways are a key feature of Wright's plan for the Florida Southern campus. They wander over a mile and a half of sidewalks, and provide shelter from the frequents rain showers of the region. They also provide a key architecture "glue" that helps bind together the disparate buildings of the college.

My father - a native of Long Island, New York - attended Florida Southern College in the early 1950s on the GI Bill. He had wanted to go to school somewhere warm, where he could play baseball year-round. When he was here in the 50s, many of the Wright buildings were already in existence; others were constructed during his stay. FLW himself was an occasional visitor to Lakeland. I sometimes wonder if my own interest in Wright's architecture is somehow connected to my father's enrollment at Florida Southern.

Here's my Dad and stepmother in March 2004, in a bower of roses on the FSC campus.

  • Last visit to Lakeland: May 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 19, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    what a treat of a page

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 9:12 PM

    Fascinating information, Chet. Architecture intrigues me, especiall FLW...it took incredible cooperation for this little-known university to "snag" such talent. Thanks for enlightening me.

  • tpangelinan's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2004 at 8:54 PM

    very nice page. Good information and photos, looks like an interesting place to visit. :o)


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