Experience FSC in a New Light: Wright After Dark

Nov 26, 2019

by Sara Ramick '20

It is no secret that spectacular views can be seen across the Florida Southern College campus year-round. This fall, the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center staff has organized new opportunities for guests of the campus to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s renowned architecture in unique and exciting ways. On Dec. 13, the Center will host a Wright After Dark Tour experience, which will be the third offering of the event this season.

Chapels at night
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures such as the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, left, and the William H. Danforth Chapel are illuminated during special Wright After Dark Tours.

Whether you are a local who has previously visited the “Child of the Sun” campus or are just visiting Lakeland and its surrounding metropolitan areas, all are welcome to witness the brilliance of Wright’s architecture like never before.

The Wright After Dark Tour offers visitors the chance to view FSC’s collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures illuminated by artificial light. The tour will highlight breathtaking views of Wright’s distinctive works as they loom in the foreground of nightfall, a perfect addition to anyone’s list of seasonal must-do’s.

Usonian House
The Usonian House on the Florida Southern College campus was constructed in 2013, based on architect Frank Lloyd Wright's original 1939 blueprints.

Tory King, director of operations for the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, explained what makes the Wright After Dark Tour so unique from other tour offerings: “This is mainly an outside tour. The buildings at night and the way they are lit at night provide a different perspective for guests,” said King. “It is different from our daily tours that go inside each of the buildings.”

FSC is the largest single-site collection of the American architect’s work. The Florida Southern College Historic District, which houses a total of 13 Wright-designed structures, was named a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2012.

The Wright After Dark Tour requires advance reservations, so be sure to sign up early, as group sizes are limited following the offering’s previous sell-out successes. The tour, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will cost $25 per guest.

If you are not able to make December’s Wright After Dark Tour there is no need to worry, for there will be an additional chance to experience the Wright After Dark Tour in January, and basic tours will continue to be offered daily. To make reservations or for more information, please call the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center at 863-680-4597.