SPRING HOUSE was constructed in Tallahassee in 1954 under the direction of Mr. Wright’s associate, Nils M. Schweizer, for Clifton and George Lewis II, who raised their four children at Spring House.
Mr. Schweizer’s son Kevin Schweizer is supervising the stabilization, restoration and completion of this historic architectural jewel.
Kevin, like his father before him, makes the trip from Central Florida to Tallahassee, to meet with community leaders in historic preservation, local government, education, interested members of the community, and contractors, and to lead our Work Days, Fireside Chats, and Fundraisers.
Florida Southern College has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in the world. It has recently been recognized as a National Historic Landmark, an important designation to achieve.
Florida Southern College (www.flsouthern.edu) is where Clifton and George Lewis II met Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950, and asked him if he would design a home for them and their four children.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BUILDING CONSERVANCY
The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, (www.savewright.org) an international preservation organization, is based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1989, its mission is to facilitate the preservation and maintenance of the remaining structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright through education, advocacy, preservation easements and technical services.
Central Florida Modern.com
CENTRALFLORIDAMODERN.com is part of the Nils M. Schweizer Fellows; a non profit corporation, named after the prominent Central Florida architect, with a goal to promote awareness and seek the preservation of Central Florida's exceptional mid-century modern architecture.
CFL - NMS Fellows was instrumental in inspiring Spring House Institute with a trip to Auldbrass, Frank Lloyd Wright's plantation in South Carolina. They helped SHI get started on our website, sent many members who participated at our 1st Work Day, and continue to encourage us in our endeavor. We have Many FOSH among NMSFellows members.
florida state university
Florida State University Department of Art faculty has been very active in taking the opportunity to share the Spring House experience with their students. More than 100 students and faculty have visited and practiced their area of art at Spring House by taking photographs, doing drawings, paintings, sculpture, and being inspired to do other projects incorporating their experience of the house. (http://art.fsu.edu)
FSU Urban and Regional Planning, Interior Design, and Art History classes are also being held at Spring House as well as classes from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. (http://olli.fsu.edu)
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