Observations, photographs, and video of the construction of a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house which serves as the Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center on the campus of Florida Southern College, located in the South Lake Morton Historic District of Lakeland, Florida. Follow this link for visitor information.

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.  |   G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

The stage is set

The stage is et
August begins today and finds the site relatively quiet. The sprinkler continues to run to keep the slab from curing to quickly. Things have been tidied up a bit, probably in anticipation of material deliveries - the custom concrete blocks perhaps - and more work on the geothermal field.

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1. Tom | August 07, 2011 at 10:18 AM EDT

The shot looks like it is taken straight upon axis into the carport.

If so then the living room is to the left. Looks like the steel posts in the foreground of the slab will hold the cantilevered steel the cuts transverse across the carport to catch the long beam coming out from the corner where there those two white vertical pipes are sticking up from the slab.

2. Tom | August 07, 2011 at 01:43 PM EDT

Looks like the rectangular hole in the slab at center of photograph will be the masonry mass of the fireplace. To the left of that opening and in between the steel posts there is a blue duct in the foreground of the slab topped with black plastic. I think that will be concealed by a low built in table that terminates a built in seat which acts as an entry screen and makes a 90 degree connection with the fireplace mass. My bet is that concealed duct under the table is going to be a return. I'm guessing they're going to supply high. This ought to be interesting.

3. Tom | August 07, 2011 at 03:26 PM EDT

Is this picture taken from College Street with McDonald to the left?

4. Michael | August 08, 2011 at 07:57 AM EDT


Yes, on your ID of the photo location.

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