Florida Southern College
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
From 1938 to 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright designed an entire college campus for Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Wright considered this campus to be one of his most important commissions, and the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is widely recognized to be the flagship building on the campus. During the preparation of a Getty Foundation funded master plan for the entire Wright campus, conservation and restoration work was identified and prioritized for the Chapel. Shortly after the completion of the plan, MCWB began initial work funded by a state historic preservation grant.
Phase I work included the restoration of the terraces and the doors serving them, installation of new exterior lighting, restoration of exterior stucco plaster and substrates, and the restoration of original paint finishes and colors. Phase II work focused mainly on the roof, with some restoration of the tower. Phase III included replacement of Wright’s signature textile blocks on the west facade. Phase IV was a restoration of the interior. The work included reconstruction of the entry doors, restoration of plaster ceilings, asbestos abatement, restoration of the red floor, recreation of the original seating based on historic drawings and photographs, and a recreation of the second-generation pulpit. This work was funded by a grant from the Save America’s Treasures program.