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Usonian House at Florida Southern College

By: Jessica Roberts

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House on the campus of Florida Southern College during your next visit to Lakeland.

You may be surprised to learn that Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL is home to the largest collection of structures designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright – 13 structures to be exact. The Usonian House is the last structure built and is adjacent to the college’s Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center (the school’s visitor center).

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Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian House

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Usonian House in 1939 as one of twenty faculty houses. Usonia refers to the architect’s vision for the United States, including the planning of cities and buildings. USONIA – United States of North America and therefore Usonian refers to the residential portion of this vision.

Tour the Usonian House

Guided tours begin at the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center. Walking to the Usonian House, you will lean how Wright came to design the “Temple of Education in Florida.” Guests also hear a brief summary about Wright’s ideas about home design.

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Paul (Tour Guide), Laura (Visit Central Florida’s Social Media Coordinator), Paul and Connie Appier (Visitors from Northern Illinois)

Touring the home was an exceptional experience. Your guide will highlight Wright’s use of natural light, low ceilings, minimalist furnishings, color and lines. Inside the house, visitors can watch a short video that restarts every thirty minutes.

Book Your Tour at Florida Southern College

Tours of the home cost $10.00 per person. In addition to touring the house, visitors can sign up for other tours. Staff strongly recommends making a reservations. Guests arriving the day of the tour are accommodated based on tour guide availability. Book a tour at flsouthern.edu.

Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center

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