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March 28, 2010
Florida Southern College, on the shore of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, is best known outside the region as the site of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most extensive design projects. Twelve structures at the college were built from Wright's designs, along with a large circular fountain and a series of covered walkways known as Esplanades.
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Florida Southern College
Though the Roux Library adjacent to the Water Dome is not one of the buildings Wright designed, it has an appealing setting and one of the most inviting snack bars I have seen on an American campus.
Today the college is one of the more pleasant educational institutions in the United States for a leisurely stroll. The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, the Water Dome Fountain and the Esplanades themselves are probably the most interesting features of Wright's plans. But the way the whole fits together is what really makes it a distinctive setting.
If you happen to be in Lakeland, a visit to the Florida Southern campus is well worth a couple hours out of your day. I think the best time to be there is in the late afternoon. And you don't have to worry about the snack bar closing up on you. It stays open until 11:00 P.M.