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William H. Danforth Chapel, 1955

Frank Lloyd Wright at Florida Southern College


Frank Lloyd Wright used native Florida tidewater red cypress for the William H. Danforth Chapel.
William H. Danforth Chapel by Frank Lloyd Wright

William H. Danforth Chapel by Frank Lloyd Wright

Photo © Jackie Craven
Students in industrial arts and home economics classes at Florida Southern College built the William H. Danforth Chapel according to plans by Frank Lloyd Wright. Often called a "miniature cathedral," the chapel has tall leaded glass windows. The original pews and cushions are still intact.

The Danforth Chapel is non-denominational, so a Christian cross was not planned for. Workers installed one anyway. In protest, a student sawed off the cross before Danforth Chapel was dedicated. The cross was later restored, but in 1990, the American Civil Liberty Union filed suit. By court order, the cross was removed and placed in storage.

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