Librarians Co-author Book About Frank Lloyd Wright at FSC
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 22, 2007) — Florida Southern College librarians Randall M. MacDonald and Nora E. Galbraith, and professor of art and art history James G. Rogers, Jr. have authored The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College, a book of vintage images drawn from the college archives and other local collections. Detailed captions accompany the images. A companion publication by the same title includes 15 "tear and mail" postcards created from vintage images.
As small Florida Southern College embarked upon an ambitious building program in the 1930s, the serendipitous arrival of Frank Lloyd Wright transformed the future of the school. President Ludd Myrl Spivey was a leader with limitless imagination, and he realized the virtue in bringing an architect of Wright’s renown to Lakeland. Wright’s first visit to the lakeside campus was in 1938. He envisioned a grand eighteen-unit “Child of the Sun” campus, where buildings would grow from the Florida sand into the light. The buildings are especially suited to the landscape, and are connected thematically and by a series of covered walkways Wright called the Esplanade. Over the next twenty years, twelve of these unique structures were constructed at Florida Southern, and today they comprise the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.
Wright's Child of the Sun attracts thousands of visitors annually, and preservation and restoration projects are ongoing. The Florida Southern College Architectural District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings have been included on the World Monuments Fund's 2008 Watch List of 100 most endangered sites in the world.
Both editions of The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College are available at area bookstores, independent retailers, on-line bookstores, online through Arcadia Publishing here and here, or at 888.313.2665.
The Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College by Randall M. MacDonald,
Nora E. Galbraith, and James G. Rogers, Jr.