New Frank Lloyd Wright Building Opens at Florida Southern College

By: Gary McKechnie


If you roam around Florida you’ve likely seen a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Florida Cracker cabins to sleek Miami mansions.

But one of the greatest concentrations of recognizable style is in Lakeland at Florida Southern College. In fact, its campus and many of its buildings were designed in the late 1930s by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

And now there’s a new addition.

The “Usonian House” was designed in 1941 but wasn’t built until recently, which makes it the first new Wright-designed structure added to the campus since 1966.

Highlighted by locally obtained native materials, including 2,000 of Wright’s unique “textile blocks” and 6,000 pieces of trademark colored glass, this will serve as the centerpiece of a new Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center.

Thanks to Wright’s reputation, thousands of travelers come here each year to witness the beauty and elegance of the campus. In fact, the Princeton Review named this America’s most beautiful campus in 2011 and 2012.

To see the Usonian House, as well as other examples of Wright’s works, you’ll find Florida Southern College at 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive in Lakeland, where they offer a variety of guided tours. For more information on planning your visit, check out their website at

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