Without really trying I’ve ended up becoming a Frank Lloyd Wright Pilgrim this summer!
It all started with a wedding invitation to Madison, Wisconsin in June. On the way home we decided to go to the House on the Rock in Spring Valley. Well without thinking about we had stumbled into the home of Taliesin!
This was an interesting side trip and Spring Green was hosting its annual Summer Art Festival. I purchased an interesting piece of artwork created by a student of Taliesin.
In July we were in Florida, yes Florida in July, and we stumbled upon Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Beginning in 1938 Frank designed several structures over a period of years as well as the esplanade that links many of the buildings together:
The College found a set of drawings in a drawer for one of the Usonian Homes that Wright had designed for college staff. It was recently built and is featured on the campus tour:
In 2012, the Florida Southern College Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior for being the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world! Lakeland is located halfway between Orlando and Tampa & is a beautiful town to explore beyond the boundaries of the College!