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Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College

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"Florida Southern College in Lakeland boasts the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. With eleven structures planned and designed by Wright, the campus forms a rich tableau for examining the architect's philosophy and design practice." "In this generously illustrated volume, Dale Allen Gyure tells the engaging story of the ambitious project from beginning to end. The college's dynamic president, Ludd M. Spivey, wanted the grounds and buildings redesigned to embody a modern and distinctly American

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Overview

"Florida Southern College in Lakeland boasts the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. With eleven structures planned and designed by Wright, the campus forms a rich tableau for examining the architect's philosophy and design practice." "In this generously illustrated volume, Dale Allen Gyure tells the engaging story of the ambitious project from beginning to end. The college's dynamic president, Ludd M. Spivey, wanted the grounds and buildings redesigned to embody a modern and distinctly American expression of Protestant theology. Informed by Spivey's vision, his own early educational experience, and his architectural philosophy, Wright conceived the "Child of the Sun" complex." "The campus plan was unified, but not in a balanced, symmetrical manner like the standard American college. Instead, Wright imposed order through the repetition of basic geometric forms, the appearance of thirty-and sixty-degree angles in plan and buildings, and covered walkways that connected every building on campus." The Florida Southern campus is one of Wright's most autobiographical creations. Here he weaved together a set of buildings that revealed his philosophy of man's relationship to nature and of the site's importance to architecture, and his strong belief in connections between buildings and democracy. Much like Thomas Jefferson's famous plan for the University of Virginia, the academic village that Wright designed for Florida Southern College expresses a dramatic and personal statement about education in a democratic society. Little studied to date, this significant campus and its history are finally given the attention they deserve in this fascinating volume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813035239
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/3/2010
  • Series: Florida History and Culture Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dale Allen Gyure, an expert in educational architecture, is associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction 1

One Florida Southern College, 1845-1938 7

Two Wright's Campus Plan 35

Three "Out of the ground and into the light": A Campus Struggles to Grow, 1938-1941 75

Four The War Years, 1942-1945 117

Five A "Florida Form": Postwar Development, 1946-1957 143

Six A New Era 183

Notes 195

Bibliography 221

Index 231

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