Frank Lloyd Wright's Campus
A Central Florida College Struggles to Maintain a Dozen of the Architect's Designs College
By Robin Hill | Online Only | Apr. 20, 2009
The largest collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is crumbling due to deferred maintenance, heat, and humidity. The 12 Wright buildings on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., need more than $50 million in restoration and repairs.
Beginning May 20, Miami-based photographer Robin Hill's extraordinary images of the Wright structures at Florida Southern will be part of an exhibition at New York's Charles Cowles Gallery. The World Monuments Fund, which placed the campus on its list of the top 100 endangered sites, sponsored the exhibition.
Last year Save America's Treasures gave a $350,000 grant to restore the college's Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel, one of Wright's most significant architectural innovations. With the funds, workers will repair the roof and decorative steel elements and replace deteriorating concrete blocks.
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