Florida Southern College

Frank Lloyd Wright is right nearby!

An amazing display of Frank Lloyd Wright architechture is only an hour away in Lakeland Florida! Ten buildings and two additional structures are on site for you to view! The fountain is amazing.

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.   Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, featuring the Wright-designed Usonian house and GEICO Gift Shop, was opened as part of an ongoing effort to better educate visitors to the Wright architecture at Florida Southern College.  The Center provides a home for the permanent display of photographs, furniture, and drawings depicting Wright’s relationship with the College. The Center also acts as a home for visiting exhibits on loan from various other Wright sites.

Tours: Stroll the campus at your own pace. Self guided walking tour maps can be purchased inside the Tourism and Education Center from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Visit the recently completed Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 as one of twenty faculty houses. Inside view “Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Campus” starting every thirty minutes. This tour costs $7.00 per person. Daily from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. AAA discounts and Senior Discounts are available.

The Basic Tour is a 60 minute guided tour led by an experienced docent. It begins inside the Tourism and Education Center with a description of Mr. Wright’s vision for the campus and the unique method of construction he chose for the site. After leaving the Center you will walk across the campus as the docent tells the story of each of the Wright designed structures, including the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, the Danforth Chapel, and the Usonian House to explore their beauty from within. $20 per person, 90 minutes, Daily at 10:00 AM.

See these amazing buildings at Florida Southern College located at 111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, FL 33801.  Its actually hard to find. Don’t look to the skies expecting to see these buildings…and don’t ask the locals because they didn’t seem to know anything about it.  I visited on a weekend and none of the buildings were open for tours so I’d suggest going during the week, easy for us retirees!Persevere.  Its a great day trip!  Sadly I could not get any pictures to show you!!!

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