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    The Esplanades - II

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    light and shadows

    Florida Southern is not a fantastically weathy institution, but it found creative ways to pay for the privilege of having Wright working and designing buildings here. At the base of each "pier" is a donor's name, who paid the "naming" privilege. Some "piers" have several names, as people chipped in to become part of the project. And now the college must be grateful for the generosity of the earlier generation's generosity. Quality costs, but it also pays (in the long run.)

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    The Esplanades - I

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Was FLW a Hobbit?

    FL Wright was not a tall man, and he was notorious for designing structures that perfectly frame the vertically challenged, but which can be uncomfortable or even dangerous for anyone taller than six feet. The clearance for the Esplanades is a little more than six and a half feet. I have no problem with that - but NBA players would be well advised to bring umbrellas to this campus.

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    E. T. Roux Library

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Soft curves

    FL Wright designed this semi-circular structure to the Florida Southern's library, and the building was opened in 1945. He felt that the rounded curves of the building were particularly helpful in encouraging creative thought. Not surprisingly, the FSC library has outgrown this facility, and now has a new modern building on campus. The former library is now used as the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center and Gift Shop.

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    William H. Danforth Chapel

    by yooperprof Updated Jun 15, 2004

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    I'm going to the chapel. . .

    Florida Southern College uniquely has two Frank Lloyd Wright chapels only a hundred yards from one another. The William H. Danforth Chapel dates from the early 1950s, and shows a distinctly different architectural style from the larger Anne Pfeiffer Chapel nearby. The Danforth still retains the original pews and cushions which Wright designed and which FSC students in industrial arts and home economics created.

    The William H. Danforth after whom the chapel is named was the founder of the Ralston-Purina pet food company, and a major educational philanthropist. He was also the grandfather of John Danforth, the former Missouri Senator and current UN Ambassador, and as well as his namesake, Dr. William H. Danforth, former Chancellor of Washington University, my alma mater.

    For a similar Wright design, showing his 1950s' interest in leaded glass, check out my page on Madison WI and look at the picture of the Unitarian Church.

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    The Anne Pfeiffer Chapel

    by yooperprof Written Jun 15, 2004

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    Light and Space

    In my opinion, the Anne Pfeiffer Chapel is the most interesting of Frank Lloyd Wright's creations on the Florida Southern Campus. Florida Southern is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and Wright seems to have a relatively large budget to work out his designs here. Remarkably, Wright designed the Chapel in the late 1930s, and construction costs were kept down through the use of student labor. Attendance at Chapel was mandatory, even for non-Methodists; my father remembers weekly services here in the 1950s. The peculiar shape of the Chapel Tower is Wright's own invention; I admire how he was never afraid to break from traditional forms. (Some people call it "the bicycle rack" or "the bowtie in the sky".)

    For another masterful FL Wright design for religious space, see the Greek Orthodox Church on my Milwaukee page.

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    The Lakeland Family Y was my...

    by mcharlton Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The Lakeland Family Y was my salvation while living in Lakeland. There are so many activities for the whole family that is offered.
    This is the Swim Team I assisted in coaching at the Family Y while living in Lakeland.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    frank lloyd wright architecture

    pictured is the polk county science building built in 1958. this was frank lloyd wright's only planetarium design and the last wright building built on campus. frank lloyd wright died in 1958.

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    florida southern college

    by doug48 Written Apr 5, 2008

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    frank lloyd wright architecture

    pictured is the william h. danforth chapel built in 1955. known as the little chapel this is the only frank lloyd wright work on campus to use leaded glass.

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