Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Lucius Pond Ordway Arts Building

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Institution Name: Florida Southern College
Original/Historic Place Name: Lucius Pond Ordway Arts Building
Location on Campus: West Campus - Johnson Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1952original construction Wright, Frank Lloyd
Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete textile block
Roof: built-up
ca. 1952-present (2006)theater (theater in the round)
ca. 1952-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 1952-present (2006)classrooms

One of the most imposing buildings in the Wright complex is the Ordway Building. The single story structure is characterized by a shed roof which rises above the flat first story supported by concrete piers and joists. Between the large piers are glass clear-story windows which admit light into the main spaces. At the north end of the building is a circular tower with a flat, conical roof in which the entire second story is enclosed in glass. The original intended use as a dining room was never realized, with the building being used instead as an industrial arts and home economics building. A final important asset of this building is the extensive integration of the esplanade into the structure (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).

Little, J. Rodney, and Phillip A. Werndli. Florida Southern College Architectural District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1975.

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.

Smalling, Walter, Jr. Lucius Pond Ordway Arts Building [Florida Southern College]. Historic American Buildings Survey photographs. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1979.


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