FSC announces world premiere of Frank Lloyd Wright's Water Dome
Dome has been restored to Wright’s original design
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2007) — Florida Southern College is pleased to announce the Frank Lloyd Wright Water Dome World Premiere, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25 in front of the Roux Library on the FSC campus. The Discovery Channel will be on campus to film the event.
The Water Dome has been under construction to restore it to the original Wright design, completed in 1948. In its original form, the Water Dome was a large circular pool ringed with jets to create a dome of water encasing the pool, but it never functioned as Wright envisioned. With the construction of the new E. T. Roux Library in 1968, the single pool was divided into three smaller ponds with central fountain heads surrounded by a large concrete plaza.
The restoration incorporates new fountain technology that will enable Wright’s vision of a 45-foot-tall dome of water to be realized. The Water Dome will dominate the core of the Florida Southern College west campus as Wright planned. The project has been overseen by preservation architect Jeff Baker of Mesick-Cohen-Wilson-Baker Architects, LLP, of Albany, N.Y., a firm that specializes in historic restoration.
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