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Lewis House (Tallahassee, Florida)

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Lewis House (Tallahassee, Florida)

Added to NRHPFebruary 14, 1979
ArchitectFrank Lloyd Wright
Architectural styleModern Movement
Built1954
Coordinates302924N 841846W / 30.49010N 84.31272W / 30.49010; -84.31272 Coordinates : 302924N 841846W / 30.49010N 84.31272W / 30.49010; -84.31272
LocationLeon County , Florida
NRHP reference No.79000679
Nearest cityTallahassee

In 1950, woman by the name of Clifton Lewis sought out none other than Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for her. And he does Spring House in Tallahassee, Florida. Despite its modest boat-like shape and rural location, Spring House represents a significant point in Wright's career, attracted architect buffs from around the world, and was even involved with the Civil Rights Movement. Today, however, houses are slowly deteriorating from harsh weather conditions and neglect, and the day may come when only private homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the State of Florida no longer stand. Spring House boasts a unique form hardly seen anywhere remotely near Tallahassee: hemicycle, which represents the later stages of Wright's extensive career. At first glance, home appears to resemble a boat or even American football. Its main foundation comprises concentric and intersecting circles with wedge-shaped carport on the structure's west side. Byrd Lewis Mashburn, Clifton's daughter, remembers moving to her family's new home when she was 8 years old. Although she thought it spooky at first, she now finds that striking windows, which gaze over expansive forest, provide a beautiful element to home. At night, reflections in glass make it look like things are floating across the forest, especially when we have a fire going, Mashburn say. During its prime, Spring House attracts architecture aficionados from across the world, looking for famous examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's work. However, House also serves another purpose in American history: helping to advance the Civil Rights Movement. Is important here in Tallahassee, because our parents were very involved and committed to this community. House were built during the early Civil Rights struggle in the country. And our parents were very involved with that. Because our house was out in the country, interracial meetings could take place with safety, Mashburn say. Her family even receive bomb threats because of progressive meetings that take place at home. Fortunately, they were empty threats, and no harm came to the family or the house. Spring House derives its name from natural spring and streams that flow across the property. Although the water that provides Spring House with its name adds beautiful component to the house and surrounding 10 acres of property, it's also the home's main threat. Over the years, hurricanes and storms have damaged the exterior of home. Although the new roof was installed in the 1970s, renovation was faulty and water intrusion caused extensive damage to the interior. Beyond storms, insects and woodpeckers have made their marks on cypress columns and sidings. Unfortunately, Lewis family was not able to finance the restoration of home. There's small mortgage and no insurance. Spring House Institute, not-for-profit organization, along with Mashburn, are raising awareness of homes in hopes of acquiring sufficient funds to restore property before it's too late. Deterioration is constant without proper restoration.

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