World famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, left his mark on Lakeland with his incredible 13-structure collection of unique architecture at Florida Southern College. If you have a love for history, architecture, all-things-beautiful, or all of the above, this collection is a must see.
Past and Present
Frank Lloyd Wright partnered with Florida Southern College, a National Historic Landmark, in 1938. His vision for the architecture was college of tomorrow and the work he created is still considered unmatched and futuristic to this day. Though Wright made designs for 18 structures, only 12 were completed during his lifetime and the 13th, the Usonian House, was added to the mix in 2013.
The Usonian House was built using Wright’s original 1939 design and is now the visitor center at Florida Southern College, housing the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center.
The Princeton Review dubbed Florida Southern College as “The Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation.”
That's right - the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture is in Central Florida and this contributes to Florida Southern College’s positive appraisal from sources of all kinds. Many of Wright’s followers from all over the world visit the college each year to admire his rare structures. Even Central Florida visitors who are unfamiliar with his work appreciate his incredible art and enjoy educating themselves on the topic by joining a tour of the campus.
Probably the most successful way to view Wright’s work is on any of the seven tours offered. Even if you were born and raised in Central Florida, one of these tours can change your whole perspective.
Self-guided Tour - This tour is as simple as purchasing a self-guided tour map and strolling through the campus at your leisure- perfect for those of you who enjoy stopping to smell the roses.
Usonian House Tour - These tours offer an inside view of the recently completed Usonian House. Also, every half hour you can view the film “Florida Southern College: Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Campus.”
Basic Tour - Become knowledgeable on Wright’s vision for the campus and his method of construction during this 60-minute tour. An experienced tour guide will tell you the story behind each one of Wright’s unique buildings.
In-Depth Tour - This popular 2.5-hour tour is the same as the basic tour with the inclusion of more time to explore the inside of the building and a more detailed description of the abstract structures.
Group Tours, Private Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours are also available, so book your tour during the planning phase of your Central Florida vacation.