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Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College

 
 
The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, November 15, 2008
1. The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College Marker
Inscription. At Florida Southern College is located the largest collection of buildings on one site ever created by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America's foremost architects. Wright's plan for the campus is the only tangible example of his community planning ideas, termed "Organic Architecture." His concept was to decentralize the city by distributing urban functions to rural areas and to utilize new technologies in the building trades. Wright's involvement at the campus was the result of urgings from Ludd M. Spivey, then president of the college. Wright insisted that the college's individual buildings reflect their environment through the use of "native materials all universally adapted to the uses of young life." Eighteen buildings, only seven of which were completed, were planned for the campus. The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, begun in 1938, was the first to be built, and the Polk Science Building, completed in 1959 during the presidency of Charles T. Thrift Jr., was the last. Later buildings on the campus were designed by Nils Schweizer, an eminent Florida architect and student of Wright. The Florida Southern college Architectural District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
 
Erected 1976 by Florida Southern College in cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-275.)
Facing West image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, November 15, 2008
2. Facing West

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 28° 1.913′ N, 81° 56.968′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of Johnson Avenue and McDonald Street, on the right when traveling north on Johnson Avenue. Touch for map. Northwest corner of campus. Walking tour brochures located just to the west of the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sorosis Club Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Women's Club of Lakeland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Oates Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Munn Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); Munn Park Historic District (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
 
Regarding The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College. Wright was 91 years old when his last building, the Polk Science Building, was completed.
 
Related marker.
facing northeast, toward the Emile E. Watson-Benjamin Fine Administration Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, November 15, 2008
3. facing northeast, toward the Emile E. Watson-Benjamin Fine Administration Buildings
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This is a Frank Lloyd Wright marker with links to other markers relating to the architect.
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida Southern College website. (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Pfeiffer Chapel - Frank Lloyd Wright. (Submitted on November 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Florida Southern College Architectural District
The Florida Southern College Architectural District was officially named a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. National Park Service on March 2, 2012. This was an elevation from its earlier status (National Historic District), which it received in 1975. The District is now one of two National Historic Landmarks located in Polk County, and it joins four other NHL Districts in the state of Florida.
    — Submitted May 19, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.

 
Additional keywords. architecture
 
Categories. EducationMan-Made FeaturesNotable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, November 15, 2008
4. The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
Campus View image. Click for full size.
By Julie Szabo, November 15, 2008
5. Campus View
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 2,163 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 17, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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