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 and Designer(s):
1941original construction Wright, Frank Lloyd
1958-1959united three seminar rooms into one building; installation of air conditioning Unknown
1964-1965addition of wing Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete textile-block
Roof: built-up
ca. 1941classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration

Significance: architecture, landscape
Landmark designation:
National RegisterFlorida Southern College Architectural District (1975)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

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).

I. Bibliographic sources:

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.

II. Location of other data:
Government Offices
Other: Frank Lloyd Wright Archives - Taliesin West, (AZ)

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