As the largest collection of Wright architecture on a single site, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Child of the Sun, as Wright called the campus, attracts more than 30,000 visitors each year.
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Situated in an orange grove overlooking scenic Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida, our campus combines stunning landscapes with modern buildings designed by world-famous architects to create an inspired setting—perfect for living and learning.
Since 2004, the campus has undergone a remarkable revitalization—from planting new gardens to the construction of state-of-the-art facilities designed by the country's leading architects.
Most recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Park Service awarded FSC a coveted Save America's Treasures grant to restore Frank Lloyd Wright's Annie Pfeiffer Chapel.
Intended as a metaphor for the journey of student life, Wright had planned a spectacular fountain at the center of the complex of 18 buildings for Florida Southern's campus.
Due to the inadequacy of available engineering, the fountain never functioned as Wright had intended. However, in 2007, with a generous gift from a private donor and a matching state grant, Wright's revolutionary vision was brought to life.
Recently renovated, this visionary space is home to FSC's natural science and pre-medical programs. Outfitted with a wide range of cutting-edge instrumentation, such as a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, the pre-eminent device in determining the structure of chemical compounds, the building also features the world's only Wright-designed planetarium.
An integral part of the intellectual life of the College, the Library provides access to a rich collection of materials, including print and digital books, periodicals, electronic databases; a media collection that includes CDs, DVDs, and CD-ROMs; a substantial microforms collection; and seating for more than 350 students.
The Sarah D. and L. Kirk McKay, Jr., Archives Center (adjacent to the Library) houses the archival materials of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Center for Florida History collection, the Florida Citrus Archives, along with the College's collection of Frank Lloyd Wright memorabilia.
Operated by the Department of Art and Art History, the Melvin Gallery brings to the community exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art to stimulate students and inspire them in their own work. In early 2009, the gallery hosted "The Best of Beijing: Contemporary Chinese Art," a major exhibition of internationally known Chinese artists. It was the first major exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in Central Florida.
The beautiful, modern Nina B. Hollis Wellness Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and offers an array of aquatic, fitness, group exercise, and intramural activities.
Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the new state-of-the-art Barnett Residential Life Center, is a national model for student residential living. With nearly 80,000 square feet, the complex houses approximately 250 students and features magnificent views of Lake Hollingsworth. Custom details of each building include ironwork designed by Stern at the grand stairway and fourth-floor balcony and “Big Bang” pendant lighting fixtures by the avant-garde designer Enrico Franzolini.
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The Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Technology Center is the nucleus for learning on our campus. The approximately 4,000-square-foot building houses the College's main student computer laboratory, classrooms, and small group areas, and provides students with the latest technology for individual, group, and classroom learning.
Named after alumna Lynn Hollis, Lynn's Garden is the campus's first fully sustainable garden. The ecofriendly space comprises exclusively recycled materials and plants native to Florida. The three-tiered garden offers its visitors repose along idyllic Lake Hollingsworth.
Performance is the key to Florida Southern's prestigious music program, and as such the College's state-of-the-art Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center is host to a variety of learning and performance spaces. Incorporated into the complex is Branscomb Memorial Auditorium, which is nationally known for its nearly perfect acoustical properties.
One of the most popular recreational lakes in Polk County, Lake Hollingsworth, surrounded by a three-mile walking path, is host to a wide variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, kayaking, and sailing.