J. Edgar Wall Waterdome
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member macdonr
N 28° 01.926 W 081° 56.935
17R E 406725 N 3101121
This is one of twelve structures at Florida Southern College designed by and constructed under the supervision of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Waymark Code: WMP2D
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 09/01/2006
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 75

The Waterdome was a spectacular circular pool 160 feet in diameter, constructed during 1947 and 1948 at a cost of $15,000. It was to have had powerful fountains mounted at the rim, pointing toward the center, creating a dome shaped cascade, but there is no evidence to suggest that these fountains were installed as designed. With construction of the new Roux Library between 1966 and 1968, the Waterdome was reconfigured and partially filled-in, creating the large "Wall Plaza" with four small pools.

Restoration of the Waterdome returning it to its original design was completed in October 2007. Water jets inside the rim complete Wright's vision of a "water dome."

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: 1948

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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