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Frank Lloyd Wright at Lakeland

Frank Lloyd Wright at Lakeland

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Annie Pfeiffer Chapel from the outside

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel interior view

If you look at the lower art of the junction between the two block walls (in the centre of each image) you can see the damaged section that reveals the cavity wall construction shown in the view below.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel detail of wall construction

All the images are of the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel by Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Usual procedure for resolving the 3D pairs of images.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

The blocks in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at the Florida Southern College are some of his most elaborate, made possible partly through cheap student labour. The blocks have stained glass inserted into them, a combination of a larger L-shaped piece at either end of each block and smaller square pieces along the top and bottom. The inside and outside skin are made of identical blocs, with a cavity in between. The blocks are a composite wall and window. Here are a bunch of interior and exterior details.

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel (exterior)

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

Annie Pfeiffer Chapel

 

 

 

 

Buckner Building

We visited Florida Southern College to study Frank Lloyd Wright’s concrete block designs for the seven buildings he built there. THis is the Thad Buckner Building, formerly the E.T. Roux Library completed in 1945.

Buckner Building

The blocks are a development of his textile block work in Los Angeles from the ’20s and have similar joint details (I will post some pictures of some of these where the walls have failed). The character of the work emerges though his invention of these building elements. There are abundant technical problems with the blocks (the accelerated decay gives some of his buildings a picturesque quality) but I find them really helpful in thinking through how to make building components that areĀ appropriate to the content of the architecture.

Buckner Building

Buckner Building

Walkway

We visited Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, today. The main reason was to look at the ambitious concrete blocks (which I will post about soon) that Frank Lloyd Wright developed for the project. He built seven buildings on the campus and made proposals for others. These are some of his walkways to protect from the Florida sun.

Walkway