One of the great highlights of the trip to Florida was a visit to the Florida Southern College’s, campus, known as “Child of the Sun,” which features 12 structures designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. My husband is a huge architecture buff, so I was thrilled to go on the tour and take photos to share with him (and also all of you). The site is part of the Save America’s Treasures initiative and fundraising is ongoing to preserve the buildings.
The Thad Buckner building, orginally named the E.T. Roux library, features a round reading room. (Click here to enjoy an interactive tour of all the buildings.)
Inside the reading room, there are photos of the original furniture, as well as some actual pieces. Mr. Wright was rather strict, as you’ll see from the photos below. The chairs force you sit up straight, slouch and you’ll fall.
To help keep construction costs down, students helped with the construction of the buildings. The picture below is of a wall with pieces of glass inset by the students.
Most of Mr. Wright’s projects on the campus are buildings, but there is this incredible walkway that allows you to go from building to building. It features these beautiful columns that are stylized orange trees.
There are two chapels on the campus. The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, pictured below, is considered the Hallmark of Wright buildings on the campus. There is a beautiful skylight within the chapel that was initially designed to have hanging plants, similar to the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
More to come, and stop back in February for updates on my upcoming trip to Egypt with our Art Escapes group.
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Nannette V. Maciejunes
CMA Executive Director