Child of the Sun

Child of the Sun

Florida Southern College
Architectural District
Pfeiffer Chapel, 2009
Child of the Sun is located in Florida
Child of the Sun
Location Lakeland, Florida, USA
Area 100 acres (0.40 km2)
Built 1941-1958
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000568[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP June 11, 1975[1]
Designated NHLD March 2, 2012[2]

Child of the Sun, also known as the Florida Southern College Architectural District is a group of buildings designed for the campus of the Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, USA, by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright from 1941 through 1958. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and together form one of the largest collections of buildings by the architect. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on March 2, 2012.[2] On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter ranked it eighth on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[3]

  1. Annie Pfeiffer Chapel - first completed Frank Lloyd Wright structure on the campus, dedicated 1941
  2. Seminars (now the Financial Aid and Business Office) - completed 1941
  3. Buckner Building (original Roux Library) - completed 1946
  4. Watson/Fine Building (Administration Building) - completed 1949
  5. Water Dome - partially completed 1949, completed and restored in 2007 to Wright's original plans
  6. Danforth Chapel - completed 1955
  7. Ordway Building (originally called the Industrial Arts Building) - completed 1952
  8. Polk County Science Building (called Polk Science by faculty and students) - completed 1958
  9. The Esplanades - various completion times, currently undergoing restoration around the campus


  • Child of the Sun Visitor Center 1
  • Gallery 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Child of the Sun Visitor Center

Opened in 1992, the "Child of the Sun" Visitor Center displays photographs, furniture, and drawings depicting Wright's relationship with Florida Southern College. The Center also displays changing exhibits on loan from other sites associated with Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Center is located in the Thad Buckner Building in the William M. Hollis Exhibition and Seminar Room, and is open during the week. A gift shop is on site, and the Center offers seasonal guided tours of the Wright-designed buildings by appointment only.


See also


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b Weekly List Of Actions Taken On Properties: 3/12/12 through 3/16/12
  3. ^ Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. FL-323, "Florida Southern College, McDonald & Johnson Avenues, Lakeland, Polk County, FL", 53 photos, 22 data pages, 4 photo caption pages
  • HABS No. FL-323-A, "Florida Southern College, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel", 11 photos, 5 color transparencies, 2 photo caption pages
  • HABS No. FL-323-B, "Florida Southern College, William H. Danforth Chapel", 3 photos, 1 color transparency, 2 photo caption pages
  • HABS No. FL-323-C, "Florida Southern College, Emile E. Watson Administration Building", 9 photos, 1 color transparency, 2 photo caption pages
  • HABS No. FL-323-D, "Florida Southern College, E. T. Roux Library", 6 photos, 1 color transparency, 2 photo caption pages
  • HABS No. FL-323-E, "Florida Southern College, Esplanade (Walkway)", 4 photos, 1 photo caption page
  • HABS No. FL-323-F, "Florida Southern College, Polk Science Building", 10 photos, 1 photo caption page
  • HABS No. FL-323-G, "Florida Southern College, Lucius Ordway Arts Building", 7 photos, 1 photo caption page
  • HABS No. FL-323-H, "Florida Southern College, Auditorium-Music Building", 4 photos, 1 photo caption page
  • Critique of the Child of the Sun
  • Child of the Sun Visitor Center