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Wright-Designed House to be Restored
First floor plan
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Photo courtesy of Byrd Mashburn Lewis.
Spring House Institute is a nonprofit
organization established to restore
and complete Spring House, the only
built private residence in Florida
designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
While attending the 1950 World
Federalist Conference at Florida Southern
College in Lakeland, George and Clifton
Lewis met Wright and asked him to
design a home for them, saying, “We
have a lot of children and not much
money.” He agreed and instructed them
to, “Go find your ground, not on a lot.”
After 18 months,
located a beautiful
in Leon County on the outskirts of
Tallahassee. The site has a natural
spring flowing from the property to a
nearby lake. Five additional acres were
purchased in later years increasing
its size to the current 10 acres.
Wright completed the plans for the
passive solar “hemicycle” house in
1952. Its unconventional style makes it
important among Wright’s designs in that
it represents the last and chronologically
shortest stylistic phase of his career.
By December 1954, construction was
complete and the Lewis family moved
into their home. Wright died in 1959,
never having visited the property.
The Lewises raised their four children
in Spring House and entertained
many prominent local, state, national
and international figures there.
At the helm of the restoration of Spring
Houses is architect Kevin Schweizer,
son of Nils Schweizer, FAIA. The elder
Schweizer was Wright’s southeastern
representative and the man who oversaw
the original construction of the house.
“Renewed energy has emerged and, with
it, comes new hope and perseverance
in our mission to restore Spring House
for the public to experience at many
levels,” said Kevin Schweizer, after a
recent Spring House “clean-up” day in
which more than 70 volunteers from
around the country came to help.
Clifton Lewis, the Lewis family and
others have formed the Spring House
Institute, Inc., and charged it with the
tasks of preserving this historic property
and bringing it into beneficial public
use. The family hopes, with the help
of the public, to restore and complete
the only Florida residence designed by
Frank Lloyd Wright and transform it
from a private home to a public legacy.
For more information, visit
Letters to the Editor
I wish to thank and congratulate
you on the quality and expressiveness
of your most recent effort on behalf
of the profession and the individual
practitioners, recipients of the AIA
Florida’s Medal of Honor for Design. I
know that this was indeed a significant
task to accomplish, especially in a
tight period of time! You have done a
beautiful job and the message could have
not been delivered in a more sensitive
manner. I admire the composition
and the graphic layout of its content.
Please, extend my congratulations to
Alberto Alfonso and to all those who
contributed so earnestly to this issue.
The profession owes a unique
recognition to Roney Mateu, FAIA, Carl
Abbott, FAIA, and Guy Peterson, FAIA, for
their initiative and dedication to this plan
elevating the Award of Honor for Design
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to its rightful place. Each and every one
of the recipients enjoys observing this
recognition with his fellow medalists.
It is an honor to be in their company,
and one can only look to the future with
enthusiasm for the next generation.
Congratulations to all.
Hilario Candela, FAIA
It’s truly unfortunate, bordering (IMHO)
on disrespect, that you didn’t include a
quote as well as something illustrating
the genius of Alfred Browning Parker
(the medal’s first recipient!) in your latest
florida/caribbean Architect issue. You did
so for all the other worthy and deserving
recipients. Why include some but not all?
Randolph C. Henning, Architect, Inc.
Ed. Note: The Winter 2013 issue only
quoted the design philosophy of living
recipients of the Medal of Honor for
Design. The intent of the issue was to
interview past recipients who could
describe their work in very personal
terms. Five of the past honorees are
deceased, but all were referenced by
name. This in no way diminishes the
work of Alfred Browning Parker, FAIA,
Nils Schweizer, FAIA, Guy Chandler
Fulton, FAIA, Robert Bradford Browne,
FAIA or Charles Harrison Pawley,
FAIA, all of whom devoted their
professional lives to design excellence.
The Winter 2013 issue of florida/
caribbean Architect failed to list Rudy
Hopex as the photographer of the model
designed by John Howey, FAIA, that
appeared on page 15.
John Howey, FAIA
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2013
Editorial / Diane D. Greer
2013 Legislative Wrap-Up
Alfred B. Maclay School Pre-K Building
Pasco Middle School
St. Leo University Parking Garage and Turf Stadium
Warner University Agricultural Complex
The Tin House
Could You Learn to Love LEED?
Florida/Caribbean Architect - Spring 2013