Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member macdonr
N 28° 01.870 W 081° 56.903
17R E 406777 N 3101017
This is one of twelve structures at Florida Southern College designed by and constructed under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one of two Wright chapels on campus.
Waymark Code: WMP25
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 09/01/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 258

The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is the most widely-recognized Wright building on campus. It was the first one constructed, and it became the physical and spiritual centerpiece of Wright's "Child of the Sun" campus. Constructed between 1938 and 1941, the chapel cost $100,000 to complete. More than 4,600 decorative blocks were cast on-site from a coquina and concrete mixture to form the walls. Thousands of pieces of colorful decorative glass were installed within the perforated blocks, giving the chapel a jewel-box appearance from the interior. The towers are reinforced concrete with a decorative metal steeple over massive skylights.

The chapel originally seated 1,000, with no one more than fifty feet from the pulpit.

Visitors are welcome on the campus. Please park in marked visitor parking, or along Johnson Avenue, on the west side of campus. Walking tour brochures with maps are available here:
N 28° 01.913 W 081° 56.955

The Florida Southern College Architectural District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Year Completed: 1941

Commissioned By: Florida Southern College

Nearest City or Town: Lakeland, FL

Public/Private: Private

Tours Available?: yes

Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
There are no specific visit requirements, however telling about your visit is strongly encouraged. Additional photos of the building or house to add to the gallery are also nice, but not required. Pictures with a GPS or you in them is highly discouraged.
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