Child of the Sun Series -- Florida Southern College
Backstory and Context
Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect and writer who became very famous because of his grasp on American architecture. His “Prairie Style” became the basis on the 20th century residential design in the United States. Not including the “Child of the Sun” series, some of his most famous work includes, “Taliesin West” in Scottsdale, Arizona, the “Robie House” in Chicago, Illinois, the “Falling Water” in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, and the “Guggenheim Museum” in New York, New York.
The President of the college wanted to transform the school into a national landmark, so, he reached out to the famous architect and asked him to design the campus’ academic buildings. Although it was a long-shot, Wright agreed! Florida Southern College is the only campus that Wright designed and his the home of the first planetarium and theater-in-the-round that he’s ever designed as well. He originally planned for there to be 18 buildings built for the college, although, only 13 have been completed so far. ‘Child of the Sun’ Campus was a very important structure that was one of the most famous that Frank Lloyd Wright created during his lifetime. It took him 20 years (1938-1958) to finish the 18 structures that he originally planned for the Florida Southern Campus in Lakeland, Florida. He contributed to the campus, tow chapels, a circular library, and administration building, several seminar buildings, and a well-preserved Usonian house and more. Wright created this series because it showed how his architecture shadowed his own philosophy and laid a strong foundation of “intellectual and philosophical” support for the movement. His statement, “Out of the ground, and into the light, a Child of the Sun,” was simple but influential when talking about Florida Southern College.
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