Category Archives: Frank Lloyd Wright

Auldbrass Plantation – Frank Lloyd Wright

Over the years we have visited many Frank Lloyd Wright designed structures, however, Auldbrass Plantation was a very special visit for several reasons.  First, it is the only plantation Wright ever designed and secondly, it is owned by famed Hollywood producer Joel Silver of the Lethal Weapon and Matrix Franchises.

Mr. Silver purchased the neglected property in 1985 and has spent a significant amount of money and time both restoring and rebuilding the properties under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson.

The property is only open to visitors one weekend every two years and only allows one thousand tickets to be sold.  We had been waiting over 4 years to tour this magnificent plantation.

Dana-Thomas Home by Frank Lloyd Wright

The Dana-Thomas Home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located in Springfield, Illinois.

From the homes website:

The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

Due to budget cuts we were unable to tour the inside however a groundskeeper let us in the courtyard to take pictures and peak in windows.  It is truly amazing as this was technically a remodel and is a great example of his early Prairie Style homes and organic architecture.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

In 1938, work started on Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at Florida Southern College.  This was the first and the foremost Wright building on campus. Wright personally supervised the work which was done at least in part by students.

We discovered and actually played a Wooden Pipe Organ that was there, however, the organ did not have anything to do with Frank Lloyd Wright

I have several posts from our recent visit.

E.T. Roux Library (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

The pace of construction at Florida Southern College slowed dramatically during the World War II years, 1941 – 1945.  The E. T. Roux Library was under construction during this period and finally opened in 1945.  It is now called the Thad Buckner Building and is used as a meeting and visitor center.

It has a very large collection of Wright designed furniture on Display.

One of many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida. I have several posts from our recent visit.

Lucius Pond Ordway Building (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

The Lucius Pond Ordway Building  was originally designed as a student center and cafeteria. The building complex was completed in 1952 at a cost of $52,200, and has often been compared to Taliesin West. Wright felt this was one of his better designs because of its simplicity.

One of many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida.  I have several posts from our recent visit.

Polk County Science Building and Planetarium (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

The Polk County Science Building was  completed 1958 on the Florida Southern Campus.  One of many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida.  I have several posts from our recent visit.

Usonian House (FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE)

The Usonian House at Florida Southern College was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 as one of twenty faculty houses.  Construction, however, did not begin until 2011 and was completed in 2013.

The project was overseen by Albany, N.Y.-based architect and Wright devotee M. Jeffrey Baker using Wright’s original blueprints.

The Esplanades (FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT – FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE)

The Esplanades or Walkways on the Florida Southern Campus were built at various times between 1946 and 1958. These walkways connect the many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida. I have several posts from our recent visit.

Watson/Fine Administration Building (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

The Watson/Fine Building (Administration Building) – completed 1949 on the Florida Southern Campus.  One of many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida.  I have several posts from our recent visit.

William H. Danforth Chapel (Frank Lloyd Wright – Florida Southern College)

The William H. Danforth Chapel was built in 1955 on the Florida Southern Campus.  One of many buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the campus he called Child of the Sun in Lakeland, Florida.  I have several posts from our recent visit.

This chapel was incredible.