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“If you love Frank Lloyd Wright, you need to see it”

Florida Southern College
Ranked #3 of 58 things to do in Lakeland
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Daily tours available highlighting this truly unique collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College.
Reviewed March 8, 2014

Although we're long time Frank Lloyd Wright fans, we weren't familiar with his Florida Southern college work and expected to only see a couple buildings by him. Essentially the whole campus is a Wright work. It's interesting to wander the grounds and see how he used the landscape to advantage in designing the buildings. Each is its own work of art, but all repeat varieties of the same geometric designs. We arrived late in the day, didn't go on one of the tours, so didn't get all the details about living or working in a sculpture. My impression was that like other Wright works, the cost of his creativity can be high maintenance. The 60 and more years age of these structures is showing in many places, but so is the effort to restore them. It's worth visiting & I particularly recommend that you see the chapel building.

Thank Don H
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

The best part is the history of the design and the motivation of FLW. It is a little hard to find but worth the effort. Be sure to see all the examples of his style on the campus.

Thank S K
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were a group of 12 retired university professors, all of whom have been on many campuses over the years, but none like this! The 8 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on campus were the reason for our visit, but even though we enjoyed them, we were enthralled with the entire campus. The modern athletic facilities overlooking the lake were amazing; the promenades connecting the buildings were awesome; the people working there were helpful and knowledgable and the entire tour was a very memorable and pleasant experience.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

I so enjoyed the house that they'd built from his design and to see so much of his vision in one location was inspiring.

Thank Linda T
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We have been to most of the FLW buildings around the country and the Florida Southern campus is amazing! The most Wright designed buildings in one place in the world. Our docent was fantastic and really knew his Wright and campus history. The esplanades between buildings were really beautiful. Most Wright characteristics you would expect were there but using materials from the surrounding area made it unique. The water dome is a great touch around a central part of the campus really works. The two chapels with typically designed Wright stained glass were impressive. The library was really impressive but not too functional in today's world in my opinion. The Usonian house, originally designed as faculty housing, was recently completed using FLW's original plans would really be tough to live in but was beautifully done.

We were really happy to have taken the time to visit here. Well worth it if you are into Wright designed homes, even if you aren't it is a different campus to see.

Thank naper70
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