The Florida Southern College campus is the world’s largest one-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Gizmo & I are lucky enough to live next door to this gem and today Gizmo’s going to take you on a tour of his favorite neighborhood place to walk. Gizmo’s done such a great job as a tour guide I decided to give him a soundtrack…

“So Long Frank Lloyd Wright”

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Can’t forget our 30/30 Ticker: 14

Thanks to All Things Dog for hosting the Mutt Monday blog hop…


And while this is not strictly a post about mischief, we’re joining our pal Snoopy’s Monday Mischief blog hop



About Gizmo

Hi! I'm Gizmo...a handsome terrier-about-town with a distinct point of view. I will write about whatever interesting things come across my desk, appear on my twitter feed @GizmoGeodog, or meet me out on the geotrails. I love to geocache cause it takes me to all the wild places & I can get back to being a real dog. I care about all my brofurs & sisfurs who haven't found their own forever homes yet, & raise funds to help them whenever I can. My girl brought me home from the shelter & together we explore our world. I do my best to make her smile, & she does her best for me. We are a team.
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  1. That sure is some place, great tour Gizmo. We love Simon and Garfunkal 🙂 Have a great Monday xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. Gizmo, you are such a great tour guide!
    Thank you so much for your invitation to the ball. I know we’re going to have a superfun time together:-)

  3. Absolutely loved this tour! Crazy about FLW architecture. That dorm courtyard fountain – delightful! Thanks for sharing!

    • Gizmo says:

      I know my snapshots don’t do the campus justice…This is just a taste…If you ever have the chance I urge you to visit…It’s worth it

  4. Such a beautiful campus AND dog friendly. You’re a lucky dog, Gizmo. The esplanades are my favourite. The light and shadows in there must look so good. Thanks for the song too! Memories 🙂

    • Gizmo says:

      Momz sez she only regrets that her snapshots don’t do it justice…There’s s feeling you get when you walk the Esplanades that is hard to describe, but kind of mystical…this morning is very foggy and walking in the low-lighted esplanades with nothing but fog outside was other worldly. Glad you liked the soundtrack 😀

  5. Great tour Gizmo and beautiful pix. Great song choice too. Have a marvelous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Shiva & Jaya says:

    Da water is scary! OMC!


    • Gizmo says:

      Yes, Iz stayz outta dat fountain fur sure…but I love to run very fast all around the outside…There are some kittehs who live on da campus too…Da students feed dem…I tried to make furriends but dey won’t play wif me 😦 Happy Monday PM’s!

  7. raisingdaisy says:

    I love Frank Lloyd Wright designs, so I really enjoyed this post. It’s incredible how his architectural designs even made use of shadow play. And how cool that you get to enjoy it every day! 🙂

    • Gizmo says:

      Waling this campus is such a joy…Every day I seem to find a new corner with a different perspective…the buildings interact with the ambient light in a ever-changing way

  8. Thanks for the great tour… you are a fabulous Tour Guide, Gizmo… and I’m glad you are the only one who’s wet now ;o) my favorite place is the fountain between the dormitory buildings – it looks so quiet and comfy… the right place for sun, a book and a cold soda ;o)

    • Gizmo says:

      Ezy I did not go into those fountains I promise you…The grass was wet and i got wet running and playing in it…no swimming for me pal…That fountain is one of my favorite nooks…There are others I didn’t get to show you that offer peace and a respite on a busy day

  9. Dogs N Pawz says:

    Gizmo, that is a beautiful campus! You are so lucky to live next to it and to be able to enjoy walks there! How did your mom get you up in that tree? I thought only cats could do that! Tee Hee!

    • Gizmo says:

      Momz is just so weird about me & oak trees…one time – one time I climbed up a tree after her and ever since she has to pose me in a big tree every hike we take…*shaking my head* Silly Momz

  10. Thanks for the tour Gizmo. We’re practically neighbors as I grew up in Winter Haven and now live on the North side of Orlando. The last time I was on the FSC campus they were renovating the fountain; it is beautiful now! Happy tails, and thanks for linking up to Mutt Monday at All Things Dog Blog. 🙂

    • Gizmo says:

      That is so amazing Carrie…I had no idea you are so close…You are welcome to bring Tanner & Oliver over for a personal tour anytime 🙂 And I know we were off-topic for Mutt Monday but I love that hop so please forgive us

  11. ilovecats says:

    Love the pictures and the information. I will have to look how far away I am from Polk County to make a trip to see this. I love the water dome and the covered walk way along with the oaks they saved.. beautiful. thanks for sharing.

    • Gizmo says:

      *pawwaves* Howdy fellow Floridian! Momz sent you an email wif an invitation…if you do come to see da college we’d love to meet up wif you 🙂

  12. Woof-hoo, Gizmo!! I was waiting for this post!! I LOVE the FLW inspired architecture! I think my favorite is the Danforth Chapel. I also love the walkways and that nook with the little fountain/pool…too kewl! Great photo of you in the oak tree, by the way.

    I’m so glad you took us on this tour. Thank you!

  13. What a cool place. Dad liked all your pictures, he’s into all that kinda stuff. Thanks for the tour!

    • Gizmo says:

      Anytime Roxy…it’s so different from what you show us on your hikes…that’s the great part about blogging…we learn so much about each other’s places

  14. Debbie says:

    Thanks for the tour and info, Gizmo. Looks like a wonderful place for a walk.
    Enjoy your week.

  15. Elizabeth Bergesen says:

    How neat, I love Frank Lloyd Wright! Thanks so much for the tour!

  16. Hey Gizo! Looks like you’re moving up in the world – now doing guided tours online – cool! GREAT job, pal. Four paws up and a belly rub! ~Spark

  17. Will and Eko says:

    Awesome and informative tour! Hope you get the chance to do more.

  18. Will and Eko says:

    Awesome and informative tour! Hope you get the chance to do more, I really loved this post.

    • Gizmo says:

      Thank you so much…I appreciate the kind words…I wish my photos were better to really show you how awesome this place is…We’ll try to find some more kewl places cause Gizmo had big fun playing tour guide

  19. I loved the tour. We’re big FLW fans (of his work, not his personality; I suspect he was insufferable). I didn’t know anything about Florida Southern College. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    BTW, Amy at Go Pet Friendly is looking for people to submit pictures of their dogs at interesting sites for their Friday challenge. Maybe one of Gizmo in front of the chapel would be a tough challenge.

    • Gizmo says:

      Alexis & Trish at the museum were telling me some great stories…I’ll be going back to visit with them again to learn more…For example, he submitted all his drawings to scale for the entire project, but refused to put any numbers or measurements on them, saying that was someone else’s job…I think a photo of Gizmo at Danforth Chapel would be kewl for the Go Pet Friendly Challenge…we’ll have to go back in daylight and take a good one

  20. FleaByte says:

    That’s just the oddest song, but it was one of my favorites growing up. What a beautiful tour. Thank you! It’s amazing how much of American architecture was influenced by FLW. All of it looked so … familiar.

  21. Ann Paws says:

    That is so pretty Gizmo! I love old oak trees and you look great in one 😉 I also really like the water dome! It looks awesome!

    • Gizmo says:

      The water dome is so much cooler “in person” when the water drops catch the sun…I love that they left all the huge old oaks and didnt’ clear cut the site the way it would happen now…It gives so much character

  22. jan says:

    We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Did you know he once designed a dog house for a little boy?

  23. peggyspetplace says:

    That’s really cool that you have such a great place to walk. Why aren’t there any students walking around? Are you allowed to get in those fountains? Now that would be fun!

    • Gizmo says:

      Gizmo and I were there on Saturday morning to take the pictures…Guess the students were all still asleep 😉 We usually walk there about 6-6:30 am which is neat cause the whole place is ours then…never have jumped into the fountain…hmmm

  24. veryvizsla says:

    I had no idea that FLW designed a whole university campus!! My parents have a winter home on Little Gasparilla Island (near Placida) I’m going to check out the campus and see that Water Dome the next time I am down for a visit. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Gizmo says:

      It’s a really fascinating place…of course so is Little Gasparilla…it’s beautiful down there…If you do make it up to Lakeland let us know and Gizmo and i will come say hi…it’d be fun to meet

  25. Robin says:

    Beautiful details at the campus. I’m curious if they are implementing any sustainable materials or plans when they remodel or for any new construction. What a great place to walk though and I’m surprised that you haven’t “enjoyed” the fountains more! Foyle would be in heaven!

    • Gizmo says:

      I’m not sure about sustainable materials but the work is being done with grant money from the Feds and private foundations so they may be requiring that; Gizmo’s not a swimmer and i’ve been behaving myself so the fountains have gone unmmolested – so far 😉

  26. Woof! Woof! LOVE it! WOW its the largest. As we said on your previous BnW post we love FLW works. Mom says if she’s ever at Florida, she will check it out. Hopefully, sometime this year will share you FLW (midwest version). Golden Thanks for sharing. You definitely had a great time exploring the campus. LOVE the photo of you sitting on the tree. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Gizmo says:

      Sugar I’d love to see you doing a FLW/Chicago tour…that would be very kewl…I’m glad you enjoyed our trip around the campus…You never know when a trip to Florida might come up Have a great Monday!

  27. wOWOW! They actually let you go inside Gizzy. You are clearly no dog, but some sort of super dog where you live! That looks like a extremely fun adventure, my ma wishes she could have went with you guys on your exploration!-Kirby

    • Gizmo says:

      Naw Kirbster I’m just extremely cute…like you guy…you and me together would bowl them over with maximum cuteness :)…it was a lot of fun and i hope we can do some more tours soon

  28. houndstooth4 says:

    What a cool place to visit! We like to show off the history and beauty of where we live, too, but we don’t have anything quite like that here. Very cool!


  29. What a gorgeous, unique campus! Mom used to attend Louisiana State University, after living in Virginia all her life. While down there, she visited Tulane, Loyola, Newcomb, and Florida State University. Southern campuses really have a charm all of their own, and a knack for taking you out of your immediate environment to someplace truly magical.

    • Gizmo says:

      The campuses you mention are beautiful and much more traditional than most of Florida Southern…One of the good things about this campus is that the FLW designs are blended in with the more traditional brick and ivy creating contrasts that are unexpected but somehow go together in a surprising fashion.

  30. That is one cultured pup! Thanks for the tour, it looks lovely. I know I’m jealous that something so beautiful is so close by.

    • Gizmo says:

      we are very lucky to have it right next door and are able to walk there every morning…it’s so peaceful & beautiful it’s a great way to start the day

  31. Beat all the campuses up here! Definitely somewhere to visit.

  32. Thanks for the side seeing, Gizmo. You made me smiling from ear to ear 🙂

  33. Thanks for the tour, Gizmo. I grew up near Taliesin in Spring Green, WI and I’ve always admired FLW’s work. I had no idea he’d designed so much of Florida Southern’s campus. Thanks for the heads up – we’ll check that out with Ty and Buster next time we’re in the area.

    • Gizmo says:

      When I lived in Madison I visited Taliesin…what a place…and if you do make it to Lakeland please let me know so Gizmo and I can meet up with you for a personal tour 🙂

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