A Child of the Sun – The West Campus of Florida Southern College

A Child of the Sun – The West Campus of Florida Southern College

COTS-cover-final-displayA Child of the Sun is the story of Florida Southern College, whose west campus contains the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture anywhere in the world.

Originally planned as an “Academic Village” of more than 20 structures, only half the project was completed, remaining today as Wright’s “Unfinished Symphony.”

Like its predecessor Sacred Spaces, A Child of the Sun documents each building in great detail, while chronicling the ongoing relationship Wright developed with the college and its visionary president, Dr. Ludd Myrl Spivey, over a 20 year period. Scored with the classical
music so cherished by Wright, the film also documents the never built structures, and the current desire of the college to execute those unrealized designs. Wright himself provided the nickname for the campus when, during its creation, he proclaimed that the buildings at Florida Southern would “…grow out of the ground, and into the light, A Child of the Sun.”

The Wright designed structures featured in this film:

  • Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
  • The Hawkins, Walbridge, and Carter Seminar Buildings
  • E.T. Roux Library
  • The Music Building (unbuilt)
  • The Esplanade
  • The Benjamin Fine and & Emile Watson Administration Buildings
  • The Waterdome Lucius Pond Ordway Industrial Arts Building
  • William K. Danforth Chapel
  • Polk County Science Building
  • Plus sequences chronicling the many unbuilt Wright-designed structures at Florida Southern.

NTSC • STEREO • 73 minutes