Racing to Save Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring House
Architecture & Interiors
The only private residence in Florida to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is in danger of crumbling—a fate that the non-profit Spring House Institute desperately hopes to avert. Given landmark status in 1979 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and then placed on its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list earlier this year, Spring House represents one in a handful of hemicycle (semi-circular) structures designed by Wright towards the end of his career.
The result of a serendipitous 1952 meeting with Floridians George and Clifton Lewis, a couple with little money but enough gumption to request a Wright-designed house for their growing family, Spring House resides on a wooded 5-acre parcel of land outside Tallahassee. In this bucolic setting with a natural spring running through it, it remained the house where the Lewises, now deceased, raised their four children.
Hurricanes, insect infestation, and the passage of time have rendered Spring House a decrepit mess, and the Spring House Institute, via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, hopes to raise enough money to acquire the house, renovate it, and preserve it as a public space and teaching institute. The organization is working towards an October 15 deadline within which to raise a crucial $100,000 to save Spring House.