Frank Lloyd Wright, Geocaching, TV, Lincoln Logs & Dog Houses–Behind the Paw #3

This week in Behind the Paw we’ll connect Frank Lloyd Wright to Geocaching, science fiction TV from the 1990’s, a favorite children’s toy and a very cool dog house.

There are three geocaches on the Florida Southern College campus, all placed by the current Director of the Roux Library.   For the geocachers out there, they are GCJVM6 Southern Travel Bug Hideout, GC33AD A Southern Walking Tour, and GC21N5X seaQuest DSV @ FSC . Gizmo has, of course, found them all by now and will gladly help you find them. Here’s some young cachers at the Southern Travel Bug Hideout.Kids at Southern Travel Bug Hideout

But what’s the 1990’s television connection?  I’m glad you asked. The seaQuest DSV @ FSC geocache page explains:

“Most scenes for two episodes of the television series seaQuest DSV were filmed at Florida Southern College, and both were broadcast during the second season in October 1994. Scenes for Sympathy for the Deep were filmed in the Ordway Building, and much of Playtime was filmed in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel. Both buildings are clearly recognizable in the episodes, although sets and props altered the look of both during filming. Other local scenes were filmed in FSC’s Hindu Garden of Meditation, downtown around Munn Park, and at Joker Marchant Stadium.” (n.b. Joker Marchant is the Spring training home of the Detroit Tigers)

And a favorite children’s toy? This tip was passed along by Gizmo’s friend Sparky Glover and her Mom Terisa from The General Store in Lakeland, FL. That toy would be Lincoln Logs, invented by John Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright.

From the website :

“Lincoln Logs were first produced in 1916 by John Lloyd Wright. Records show that the J. L. Wright Company of Chicago, Illinois, obtained its patent for the design on August 31, 1920 and had the Lincoln Logs name registered on August 28, 1923. Building logs of similar designs had been produced by several other toy companies since the civil war but John L. Wright’s version was very successful from the beginning and has remained so to this day.”

This is the  Imperial Hotel– John got the idea for Lincoln Logs by observing his father build this beautiful building.


So what about that dog house? Jan from The Poodle (and dog) Blog first told me about this. In 1950, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a home in San Anselmo, CA for the family of young Jim Berger. Six years later, in June of 1956, Jim thought it would be nice if his black Lab Eddie had an FLW house too, so he wrote to the architect. The architect wrote back stating he was too busy, but that Jim should contact him again in November. Jim did just that, and the Wright followed through with a design for “Eddie’s House” in 1957.  Photos of the original letters in this exchange can be seen here Please Design Me a Doghouse.

It took a while, but Jim’s dad eventually finished Eddie’s doghouse in 1963. Sources differ on who the house was built for…some say Eddie, and some say that Eddie had passed on by then and it was built for a different dog. All agree  that the doghouse leaked and that no one  liked it very much.  It was  never used and was dismantled only 10 years after it was built.

In 2011 Jim Berger rebuilt “Eddie’s House” from the original plans and it was used in the documentary film “Romanza” a study of Wright’s designs in California which premiered in October 2012.

Bringing the story full circle, Romanza’s director Michael Miner in 2008 released a documentary entitled “A Child of the Sun: The West Campus of Florida Southern College” . Clips of that film can be seen on Miner’s website Designed By Frank Lloyd .

30/30 Challenge Update:

Thanks to Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Pet Bloggers Blog Hop

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Thanks to Jodi and Heart Like a Dog for the Follow-Up Friday blog hop, the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend…



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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36 Responses to Frank Lloyd Wright, Geocaching, TV, Lincoln Logs & Dog Houses–Behind the Paw #3

  1. G’mornin’ Giz & JG! Great trip through Frank-land today! It was really cool to see the “original” Lincoln Log house. I LOVE LIncoln Logs to play with – but, they are not recommended for chewing! I also thought it was appropriate that Frank’s dog house may have looked good, but didn’t function so well (kinda like his buildings!).

    • Gizmo says:

      G’morning Ladies of The General Store! i really needed to put a note that the Lincoln Logs tipoff was from you…Think I’ll do that now:)

  2. What a nice post, Gizmo. I like “Eddies House” that’s not only a dog hutch – that’s lifestyle – of course;o)

    • Gizmo says:

      A cosmopolitan dawg like you would be right at home in a distinguished designer doghouse Easy pal…I can see you lounging there on plushy pillows while the staff serves you gourmet treats and “Dad’s rival Rod” plays in the background

      • Great idea, Gizmo! …and some Greenies and some friends…what a dogs life ;o)

      • Gizmo says:

        Hey Easy…did I tell ya about that toothbrush-looking chew thing you had in the photo the other day…i have the very same chewie over here…we are both dogs of good taste and distinction…and i wanna be one of your friends at those designer digs

      • I like this toothbrush-bone …of course, you are invited… do you want a green or a yellow toothbrush-chewy-thingy?

      • Gizmo says:

        hmmm, i like the green ones best…yesterday Momz got me a green alligator from the same company…that way I can eat the ‘gator before the ‘gator eats me BOL! I can’t wait to see what you & Goose do for the Valentine’s Ball…you’re gonna be a great pair of trouble makers I bet 🙂

      • That’s for sure! I like te Alligators too – sadly they are hard to get here, most out of stock – of course they are great all dogs like them ;o)

      • Gizmo says:

        Easy pal I can help you out with that if you want…Momz sent you an email about them

  3. Hey Gizmo!!! Hi Miss Beth!
    I love the FLW recap…you know I am a big fan!!! I had no idea, of course, that FLW’s son John created Lincoln Logs. That is so cool…and what a nifty inspiration coming from his dad’s building. Gosh, ya learn something new every day!
    Have a great weekend, buddy!

    • Gizmo says:

      Oh good…I hoped I wasn’t overloading folks on FLW, but I’d discovered all these fun things after I wrote the original post and I really wanted to share..Glad you’re still enjoying it

  4. jan says:

    We got to have dinner in a FLW designed house one time. It was as impressive on the inside as on the outside.What a genius he was.

  5. Jodi says:

    What a lovely post! Thank you for joining us in the FUF blog hop! I love that Mr. Wright catered to a small boy’s request and how sweet was that request? Honestly, children are the closest beings to having a heart like a dog!! Loved it.

  6. Roo says:

    Ooo that Imperial hotel looks like just the place for me and my Harem to rest up in after the V-Day Dance! 😛

    Dude, I really wanna go Geocachin with ya 🙂

    Waggin at ya,

    • Gizmo says:

      Iz you hoggin’ all da wimmenz at da ball Roo? you best keep paws off my Misaki pal;) And I will go geocaching with you anytime…We would have BIG dawgie fun 🙂 My momz will write your momz about it

  7. Ha ha just seen Roos comment. BOL funny. We think you should have a FLW pad. Just the thing for a sophisticated dog about town. Great for meeting & Greeting! Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • Gizmo says:

      I hope you’re not part of that harem Molly…it could get pretty wild & crazy 😉 The thing about that FLW pad is that it would be outside and I’d miss my AC in the Summer…think I’d need to take up a collection to get AC installed…and a fridge for snacks and noms,,,and a big toybox full of stuffies and chewies…and lots of soft beds…and then all my furriends could come over for a big pawty 🙂

  8. Will and Eko says:

    Wow, talk about a whirlwind post! Lots of great stuff packed in there. Eko is also a geocache veteran – he loves the adventure, and his nose led me to the prize when I had overlooked it!

    • Gizmo says:

      Will I did not know you and Eko were geocachers…kewl! I’ve cached in Chicago on two visits out there and got to attend the opening of the first Garmin brick & mortar store there…and then a great event around the corner where i got to meet Jeremy Irish…sent you an email with something special in it

  9. Woof! Woof! will definitely do a Chicago FLW Sugar Golden Tours. Golden Thanks for the FUF. Happy Weekend. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • Gizmo says:

      Hi Sugar! That would be great…all the research I’ve done this week has made me quite a fan & I’d love to see what FLW did in the city Happy Friday and have a great Golden weekend 🙂

  10. I really enjoyed that last clip. I haven’t seen that many FLW structures. I particularly love the art deco window and how even the corners of the bricks are designed. It brings one back to the old old OLD days when builders and designers cared about the tiniest details, even ones that were unseen and far up in the bell tower! A far cry from modern housing. And SEVEN decades! Good grief. How prolific was the man. I remember reading about the doghouse. LOL. Glad he stuck to human structures.

    I also remember Seaquest! SF is what I grew up on and it is still my favourite genre. I’m so glad it’s become popular because when I was 10, SF telly and films weren’t so common! And the SFX that brings everything to life now. Amazing stuff.

    Geocaching sounds fun. Heck. Everything in this post is interesting! Have a great weekend X

    • Gizmo says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it…I was concerned that you all would think it was FLW overload but there were so many interesting things I felt I had to share…Walking the interlocking walkways of the esplanade here is one of my favorite things…I knew the property had once been an orange rt grove (there are still orange and grapefruit trees in my backyard adjacent to the campus) and was fascinated to learn that the support columns were designed to look like orange trees…You’re right about the detail work…you just don’t see that anymore and it’s a shame…my guess is construction costs and the high price of skilled labor did away with anything not utilitarian…

      Now I did not know about Seaquest…I came late to SF, but since i started researching for these posts I’ve been trying to find the DVD’s to watch…my library doesn’t have them, which is a shame since they were filmed here (they also don’t have that documentary about the campus which is a real shame) and I can’t stream it on Amazon Prime either…I’d have to actually buy the DVD’s…Not sure if I’m curious enough for that, as I don’t typically collect DVD’s (see “too much stuff” syndrome) Watching older SF (see “Original StarTrek’ or original ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ is a hoot…they seem so clunky, and yet more real

      Geocaching really is a great sport/hobby/addiction as it combines two of my favorite things…being outdoors and solving puzzles…There’a a lot of geocaching in Australia and if you visit and do a search I bet there’s a cache hidden within walking distance of your house…try it and let me know what you find

  11. That is such a great story about the dog house – love it!

  12. Pip says:

    Hi Gizmo! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I am always happy to make new friends! That dog house looks super nice!

    Your pal, Pip

  13. I had Lincoln Logs when I was little and man, I loved them so much! You’ve inspired us Gizmo, we’re definitely thinking about trying a Geocache thing here in Vancouver!

    • Gizmo says:

      That’s great Jodi…If you like being outdoors and you like solving puzzles then you’ll love geocaching…Do let me know if you try it and how it goes

  14. I loved it Gizmo, wez laughing at Roo’s comments..Oh diz iz gonna be such fun 🙂 Have a funtaztic weeekend..xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Gizmo says:

      That Roo is such a ladies dawg isn’t he? BOL! I’m happy with my pretty Misaki…she’s all the dawg I need and then some 😉 We’ve got our finery all ready and can’t wait for the Ball!

  15. Loy says:

    What a great designer FLW was! I have a gingko-leaf-in-glass suncatcher…the leaf came from one of his Chicago houses. Thanks for sharing! Happy Saturday!

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