The Lucius Pond
Ordway Building shown below shortly after completion, was originally designed as a
student center and cafeteria. The building complex was completed
in 1952 at a cost of $52,200, and has often been compared to Taliesin West. Wright felt this was one of his better designs
because of its simplicity.
From The Interlachen, 1952, images courtesy of Special Collections, Florida Southern
College Library, Lakeland, FL
Following are images of Lucius
Pond Ordway as it is today.
William H Danforth
Chapel, shown below with an interior view following, was the second chapel
Wright designed for FSC, and is the only use of leaded glass on the campus.
It was completed in 1955. This chapel is similar to Wright`s design for the
Unitarian Church, Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin, completed in 1947. Wright
completed the award winning Guggenheim Museum just one year later in 1956.
An interior view of the
stained glass in the front of the building is shown below.
The Polk County
Science Building, shown left was finished
in 1958; the last Wright building and the tenth in the plan completed.
This building was recently given a $13,000,000 renovation and is an example
of how FSC has integrated stewardship of the Wright structures and Wright's
legacy with the needs and future plans of the college. A view of the
front is shown below right.
twelve structures in the more than two decades he designed for the FSC
campus. Numerous others, by one count 20 total structures, were
planned by Wright. Those buildings never constructed included, among others, theatres,
music buildings and studios.
death on April 9, 1959, his protégée Nils Schweizer continued work on the
campus as the FSC Architect and designed the new Roux Library (1968), the
Branscomb Auditorium (1964), the Ludd Spivey Humanities and Fine Arts Center
(1970), the Carlisle Rogers Business Center (1984), and the Pearce
Centennial Tower (1985).
Additional images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and other
campus views may be accessed through the Photo Gallery page.
website is organized chronologically and by structure. Follow the
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