Byrd Lewis Mashburn
Byrd is the daughter of George and Clifton Lewis and grew up at Lewis Spring House with her parents and her three brothers, George Edward, Van and Ben. She earned her B.S. degree in MIS at USF, worked for the Tallahassee Democrat for four years followed by 12 years with Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Marketing and Development, is retired and now a full time volunteer for Spring House Institute. She has one adult child.
Dee grew up in Tallahassee. She graduated from Leon High School and attended Florida State University. Dee became friends with George and Clifton Lewis' daughter, Byrd, during their preteen years. She spent time with Byrd at Lewis Spring House and feels a personal attachment to the preservation of this unique home. Dee has worked in law firms her entire working life, starting as receptionist and ending as the firm administrator in the Katz, Kutter, Haigler firm which later became Ackerman. As an administrator with Ackerman, she traveled helping to establish new offices in other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C. She has three grown children, five grandchildren and now enjoys the life of retirement.
Michael Morton grew up in Austin, TX where he was first exposed to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright in a documentary titled “Fallingwater” at the age of 12. He determined then to become an Architect. Michael attended Texas Tech University where he furthered his passion for architecture. This dream never became reality and another career path was taken. Michael is still an Architect at heart and has been to several of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, including his home and studio in Oak Park, IL. Michael is currently living in Liberty, SC, and found the Lewis Spring House online while vacationing in Panama Beach, FL in 2016. Michael realized that the trip from his home in Liberty was a short drive to the Lewis Spring House, so he decided to apply to become a volunteer. Michael has been to several work days over the past couple of years. Michael is passionate about Frank Lloyd Wright design and preserving the structure and history of the Lewis Spring House.
Bachelor: Design, UF
California Polytechnic State University
Has his own firm, KEVIN SCHWEIZER ARCHITECT located in New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater, Florida. Melissa Schweizer - Kevin's wife, four adult children. Kevin and his group, Nils M. Schweizer Fellows have been instrumental in the forward progress of Spring House Institute. He has been the consulting architect for the Lewises since his father, Nils Schweizer's passing. Nils was Mr. Wright's supervisor on the building of Lewis Spring House.
Pat Pepper Posner
Patricia Pepper Posner grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School and Brown University, Providence, RI. She received a Juris Doctor from Pace University in White Plains, New York and worked as a lawyer for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 20 years. She is now retired and enjoying life with her husband Roger Campbell. They have four adult children.
Growing up in Tallahassee in the 1950's we were contemporaries of the George Lewis family. My sister knew the Lewis Spring House well. My introduction to airplanes at old Dale Mabry Field led to a 38 year career as an airline pilot. During extended periods in Chicago I developed a great interest in the city's architecture, especially Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. Now retired in Jacksonville, it's a rare privilege to be involved in raising the awareness of this important Wright property.
Granddaughter of George and Clifton Lewis
Bachelor: Geology, Hampshire College
Masters: Social Work, Western Carolina University. Olivia was instrumental in the early days of Spring House Institute and the groundwork for what it has become and will be in the future, she was essential in the development of Spring House Institute's first website, the basis for the current one, she organized and led the board meetings getting us through the maize of applying for and receiving tax exemption for our 501(c)(3). Olivia does grant and other research for SHI.
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