Art & Architecture Mega-Tour 2017


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You are invited to experience our best bus tour ever. It is so richly packed with art and architectural splendor, we are calling this
"The Mega-Tour 2017."

This 2-day, 1-night tour will take place on Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, 2017.

In just two days, you will visit the following:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland, Florida,  the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. [more info]
  • Architect Santiago Calatrava's new Florida Polytechnic University, which was recently voted one of the 16 “most breathtaking” buildings in the world." [more info]
  • The Morse Museum of Tiffany Art in Winter Park, Florida, the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. [more info]
  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals, was voted "America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair." [more info]

We would love to have you go with us on this special roadtrip aboard the Magic Bus!

It is an inclusive trip -- $268 per person (based on double occupancy hotel room, pick your own roommate. Or, for single person occupancy, $333.) This includes your hotel, all 
admissions, luxury motor coach transportation, guided tours, taxes, tips, Saturday lunch, Sunday breakfast, and beverages and refreshments on the bus. It does not include Saturday supper, Sunday lunch, or alcoholic beverages.

We will leave Jacksonville Saturday morning March 18 at 8am and return Sunday evening March 19 around 5:15pm.

Please note that some parts of this tour are not handicapped accessible, and moderate walking is required.

To register, click here.

Indications are that it will sell out quickly.  (Our last Frank Lloyd Wright bus trip sold out in two days!)  So please secure your reservations early. This trip will attract some of the
most interesting people in the Jacksonville arts community, and your presence would add much to our rolling party on the "Magic Bus".  Please come if you can!

All proceeds from this trip go to


Saturday, March 18 -

7:30 am - Bus loading at McIver Clinic parking lot, 710 Lomax Street, Jacksonville, FL.
8am - Bus leaves for Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, FL.
11am - Arrive Florida Polytechnic University. Guided tour of the campus.
12:30pm - Depart Florida Polytechnic University. Travel to Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Box lunch from Biscottis in transit.
1pm - Arrive Florida Southern College. Guided tour of the campus.
4pm - Depart Florida Southern College.
5:15pm - Arrive at the Radisson Resort Hotel in Celebration, FL for overnight stay. Enjoy the pool and other resort amenities. Dinner on your own, with 16 restaurants with walking distance.

Sunday, March 19 -
8am - Breakfast at the Radisson Resort
9am - Depart Radisson for
Winter Park, FL.
9:30am - Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Also enjoy Winter Park's famous Park Avenue shops and restaurants. Lunch on your own at the festival's food court & beer garden, or Park Avenue.
1pm - Tour the Morse Museum of Tiffany Art
3pm - Depart for Jacksonville
5:15pm - Arrive back at the McIver Clinic parking lot in Jacksonville.

You will experience these gems of Florida's art and architecture:

rank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College campus

 In 1938, the Florida Southern College president, Dr. Ludd M. Spivey, approached Wright with the task of transforming the 100-acre lakeside orange grove into a modern college campus. The collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture at Florida Southern College is called "Child of the Sun." The name for the architecture came from Wright’s idea of removing the "uninspired" buildings of the pre-existing campus and replacing them with a campus that would, according to Wright, "grow out of the ground and into the light, a child of the sun.

The present campus comprises 70 buildings on 110 acres of land and is home to the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world. In 2012, it was selected as the most beautiful campus in America by The Princeton Review. The works by Wright include the following:
  • Annie Pfeiffer Chapel – begun 1938, dedicated 1941
  • Buckner Building (originally the E.T. Roux Library) – begun 1942, completed 1946
  • Ordway Building (originally the Industrial Arts Building) – begun 1950, completed 1952
  • Danforth Chapel – begun 1954, completed 1955
  • Polk County Science Building  – begun 1952, completed 1958
  • Watson Fine Building (administration building) – begun 1946, completed 1949
  • Water Dome – partially completed 1949, fully completed and restored in 2007 to Wright's original plans
  • L. A. Raulerson Building (currently the Business Office) – begun 1940, completed 1942, and underwent renovations into one office building in 1958
  • The Esplanades – various completion times, currently undergoing restoration around the campus
  • Sharp Family Tourism and Education Center, also known as the Usonian House, a visitor center and exhibition space constructed according to Wright's 1939 designs and completed in 2013. It is one of the "newest" Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings in the world.

Santiago Calatrava's new Florida Polytechnic University

"Structural ingenuity meets visual intrigue in the work of Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect, engineer, and artist known for devising edifices and bridges so dynamic they seem ready to take flight."
                           -- Architectural Digest

Anchoring the Florida Polytechnic University  campus near Lakeland, Florida is Calatrava's 200,000-square-foot Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) Building, a dazzling feat of design wizardry that was unveiled in August, 2014,  after two years of construction. An ethereal pergola of powder-coated aluminum surrounds the elliptical stunner, forming a ring of partially shaded outdoor space while reducing the solar load on the interiors by some 30 percent. More striking still is the roof, which features 94 robotic louvers. These elements can be automatically raised or lowered in response to the movement of the sun, optimizing light in the glass-topped meeting hall below. Reminiscent of flapping wings, the crown is mirrored in the reflecting pool that encircles the building, creating an exquisite moment of symmetry that offers further proof of Calatrava’s powerfully poetic touch.

The Morse Museum of Tiffany Art in Winter Park

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the artist and designer’s jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass, leaded-glass lamps and windows; his chapel interior from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; and art and architectural objects from his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American painting, graphics, decorative art.

Louis Comfort Tiffany, one of the most creative and prolific designers of the late 19th-century, declared that his life-long goal was “the pursuit of beauty.” With its comprehensive assemblage of Tiffany’s work, the Morse Museum’s collection uniquely documents that quest. Although his father, Charles Lewis, had founded the most prestigious silver and jewelry company in America, Louis chose another professional direction.

The Morse Museum was founded by Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89) in 1942 and named for her grandfather, Chicago industrialist and Winter Park philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse. Its collections were built over a half-century by Mrs. McKean and her husband, Hugh F. McKean (1908–95), the Museum’s director until his death.

The museum is just a 5-minute walk from the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Voted "America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair," the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. It is also ranked the #1 Best Fine Art and Design Show in the southeast and #5 in the Nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine, 2014.

The Festival extends for four city block through Central Park, and it draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. For 2017, more than 1,100 artists from around the world applied for entry. An independent panel of three judges selected the 225 artists exhibiting their works. Artists complete for awards totaling $72,500.

TheRadisson Resort Hotel in Celebration, FL
The Radisson Resort-Celebration is situated on 20 lushly landscaped acres, our full-service resort will captivate leisure and business travelers with well-appointed accommodations, unparalleled service, and an extensive array of amenities. The guestrooms feature two double beds with divine duvets and modern conveniences like 37" HDTVs, refrigerators, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
 Inviting amenities include restaurants, two outdoor swimming pools, a poolside bar, two hot tubs, a fitness center, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, and a business center.

Your Tour Guide
Dr. Wayne Wood is the organizer of this tour and has previously led a number of trips for Jacksonville residents to unusual, arts-related places throughout the Southeast. A noted author, speaker, artist, historian, and self-proclaimed "arts agitator," Wayne has published thirteen books on Northeast Florida's history and architecture and for many decades has been a leader in Jacksonville's historic preservation movement. His books include the award-winning best seller, Jacksonville's Architectural Heritage, as well as the 430-page Jacksonville Family Album: 150 Years of the Art of Photography, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful books about Jacksonville ever published.

Wayne's interest in art and architecture, combined with his inquisitiveness about the historic past as well as the avant garde, led him to become a true architraveler. He has visited over 100 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, as well as architectural wonders in 27 different countries around the world. Folio Weekly called him "the most interesting man in Jacksonville."

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