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Lakeland Florida

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

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3 Responses to Lakeland Florida

  1. Kevin B. says:


    Thanks for sharing the blog entry and photos of FLWright’s Florida Southern College buildings. It would be a shame for anyone who visits the Lakeland area to miss out on the opportunity to tour this unique collection of organic architecture. It looks like you really enjoyed your visit.

    Like your husband, I am an avid fan of architecture, and art as well. I am very excited about the pending expansion of the CMA, because of the added space it will offer the museum, and because the project has been designed by a world-class architectural firm. The results of this effort will give Central Ohio a significant piece of contemporary architecture, and will be something that the residents of our community can all enjoy and be proud of.

    That being said, is there any possibility that once the expansion project is complete that the museum might consider creating a gallery devoted to architecture, and/or to present exhibits, lectures, seminars, etc. devoted to architectural topics? I personally think that there is a glaring need for this type of programming in our area, and the CMA could help to fill that void. One only needs to look to Chicago and their magnificent AIC to see how popular and well-received such programs can be. While our own Wexner Center has from time-to-time presented architecturally-based exhibits and events, I feel there is a need for more and I’d like to see the CMA consider becoming involved.

    Sorry to be so long-winded here, but this is a topic that has been on my mind for some time, and your blog entry today provided an ideal jumping-off point for me. Thanks again, and I hope to hear back from you with your views on this subject.

  2. cma_blog says:

    Nannette is currently out (headed to Egypt as we’re being bombarded with this snow), but she will respond when she returns.

  3. cma_blog says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your input – I appreciate it. We have occasionally done exhibitions of museum architecture and our architecture symposium From Palazzo to Piazza was extremely well-received. I definitely agree that there is an audience in Columbus and perhaps it’s something the Wexner Center and CMA could explore together. Your suggestion has certainly encouraged me to discuss it with Sherri Geldin soon.

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