What is a hemicycle, you ask? It's an obscure math term for half-circle. Frank Lloyd Wright got really into circles late in his career. Round designs such as New York's Guggenheim Museum (1959), the Gammage Theater in Tempe, Arizona (1959), Wisconsin's Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (1962), and a set of eclectic houses make up the late period in Wright's work that is often referred to as the "hemicycle phase." One of the more obscure sites of this type is the Spring House near Tallahassee, Florida. It was completed in 1954, but is now in danger of being demolished. And here is how you can save it.
The Spring House Institute has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $100,000 to enable the organization to buy the house from the original owners, and convert it into their headquarters, as well as a public place for archi-nerds to visit. The effort is part of a larger drive to raise $256,250, which will be matched by the State of Florida.
Spring House is rare; it is the only built private residence in Florida that Wright designed and is on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the 11 most endangered buildings. One of Wright's late-period "hemicycle" (half-circle) houses, Spring House was built in 1954 for George and Clifton Lewis as an unconventional passive solar house.
Now the Spring House Institute needs your help to raise the money by the end of October to acquire, restore, and complete the Spring House's latest incarnation. They aim to transform the site into a world-class museum and tourist destination, like many of Wright's other designs have been. It will be used as a public venue for classes, community meetings, weddings, graduation parties, limited overnight stays, and as the home of Spring House Institute, a teaching institute. So spring into action and help save this Sunshine State architectural gem!
Images via Spring House Institute. Take a video tour of the Spring House here.