Whether you are an architectural aficionado, history buff or just a lover of interesting sights, you won’t regret exploring this world-renowned collection of 13 structures at Florida Southern College.
The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation
Once voted by The Princeton Review as “The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation,” Florida Southern College is a National Historic Landmark, and home to Child of the Sun, the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Wright fans know just how big of a deal the campus is, and understand why hordes of his fans flock to it each year. But even those unfamiliar with his work cannot deny the beauty and rich history of the campus, and his 13 structures.
It's no wonder a tour of Florida Southern College finds a place on so many visitors' travel itineraries.
Frank Lloyd Wright and Florida Southern College
The story of how a Methodist college with no endowment - during the Great Depression and World War II - was able to not only convince one of the most sought after architects of the time to draw plans for their school, but was also able to afford to build them, is a wonderfully entertaining story.
Here’s a hint: A smooth talking principal lived by the saying “You never know if you don’t ask,” and when you’re a school, you pay workers with your greatest commodity: tuition.
The story is of course told much better by one of Florida Southern College’s experienced docents who lead tours daily.
Tour Central Florida's Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Collection
There is more than one way to tour Florida Southern College’s Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture collection. Seven, in fact.
Self-guided: Purchase a self-guided tour map, and then explore the campus according to your own pace and agenda.
Usonian House Tour: Only interested in the campus’ newest addition? Get an insider's look at the Usonian House’s many architectural nooks and crannies, and also get a glimpse of the specifically commissioned orientation film "Florida Southern College: Frank Lloyd Wright's American Campus" every 30 minutes.
- Cost: $7.00 per person
- Schedule: Daily from 9:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Basic Tour: Start at the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center with a description or Mr. Wright’s vision for the campus, then walk through the campus while an experienced docent tells the story of each building. The icing on the cake of this tour is getting to explore the beauty of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel from the inside.
- Cost: $20 per person
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Schedule: Daily at 10:00 a.m.
In-depth Tour: The Center's most popular tour; this particular activity covers everything included in the basic tour, but also allows you to enter ALL of the structures where possible.
- Cost: $35 per person
- Duration: 2 hours
- Schedule: Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
You can also register for speciality tours: group tours, private tours or behind the scenes tours.
Drawn to Central Florida
The fifth stop on our Drawn to Central Florida social media campaign tour was Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture. Lakeland artist, Josh "Bump" Galletta, describes his tour and sketches two buildings.Blog Post & Sketch Video