Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Green Design at Florida Southern College
In 1938, Ludd Spivey - president of Florida Southern College - sent Frank Lloyd Wright a telegram that read:
DESIRE CONFERENCE CONCERNING PLANS FOR GREAT EDUCATION TEMPLE IN FLORIDA. STOP. WIRE COLLECT WHEN AND WHERE I CAN SEE YOU.
A campus with buildings exalting the very idea of learning - imagine that!
Frank Lloyd Wright - America's first green Architect - did. Over the next few months, he created a complete master plan of 18 new buildings for the 60-acre, orange-groved campus. Over the next decade and a half, 13 structures were completed including a system of covered esplanades connecting all of the buildings, providing shelter from the rain and shade in the hot Florida summers.
Mr. Wright, with encouragement from the enterprising Spivey, devised a method of construction by which students, in lieu of tuition, participated in the construction of new buildings and esplanades.
I took this series of photographs a couple of weeks ago.