Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


L. A. Raulerson Building

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Institution Name: Florida Southern College
Original/Historic Place Name: Carter, Wallbridge and Hawkins Seminars
Location on Campus: West Campus - Johnson Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1941original construction Wright, Frank Lloyd
1958-1959three seminar rooms united into one building and air conditioned
1964-1965addition of wing
Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/pre-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete textile-block
Roof: built-up
ca. 1941classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration

The L.A. Raulerson Building was originally the Carter, Wallbridge, and Hawkins Seminars. These were designed and constructed as three separate but integrated classroom cubicles. The walls contain few windows with the interior accented by the colored glass inserts in the concrete blocks. In 1958 and 1959 the three buildings were incorporated into one structure and air conditioned. A northwest wing was added in 1964 and 1965, and it was renamed the L.A. Raulerson Building (from National register report).


Florida Southern College. Historic American Buildings Survey report and photos. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, [n.d.].

Florida Southern College: The First Hundred Years. Lakeland, FL: Florida Southern College, 1985.

Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly 12, no. 3 (2001).

Rogers, Steven B. "The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus at Florida Southern College: A Child of the Sun." Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly 12 (Summer 2001): 4-23.


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