Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Spring House Institute, Inc.

  • TALLAHASSEE , FL
  • www.preservespringhouse.org

Mission Statement

Spring House Institute's mission is to acquire, restore and complete the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Spring House; to preserve its original architecture as a single-family dwelling for the benefit of the public as a teaching institute; and to foster the arts, environmental stewardship, intergenerational living and working, and world peace through world law.

Main Programs

  1. Stabilizing and Restoring Spring House
  2. Managing Spring House for Public Use
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Spring House is located in Leon County, as are the headquarters and business activities of Spring House Institute. The vast majority of events sponsored by or related to SHI and its mission have taken place and will take place in Leon County. However, the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright continue to fascinate and inspire people from all over the world. Interest in and support for the work of SHI is not geographically limited.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Byrd Lewis Mashburn

Keywords

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Frank Lloyd Wright, Spring House, SHI, Lewis, Schweizer, architecture, hemicycle, Prairie School, Lake Jackson, Okeeheepkee, world peace through world law, intergenerational, springhouse

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Also Known As

SHI, Inc.

EIN

01-0876670

 Number

4474547600

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments: SHI has made great strides in the past year. Spring House is now open on a regular basis, every 2nd Sunday from 2-4 pm. This is a major accomplishment for our grass-roots organization. In addition, the unique property is available by appointment for private, school, camp, and special event tours. SHI welcomed New York artist Dene Ross at a fundraiser in spring, 2015. Dene displayed her new 'pulp paintings,' vibrant landscapes created from pigmented 100% cotton pulp made of recycled blue jeans. In February 2015 SHI hosted St. Francis Wildlife rescue service at an event featuring Sandy Beck, who demonstrated live 'Lake Jackson Birds of Prey.' Two special occasions were commemorated at Spring House in 2014: June 8 was Frank Lloyd Wright's 147th birthday, and October 25 was the 60th anniversary of the completion of Spring House. Thousands of people have visited Spring House during the last few years, including tours, fundraisers, Work Days, and our second party for Friends Of Spring House (FOSH). People have stayed in Tallahassee from Miami, Wisconsin, California and many other states because they heard about Spring House. SHI, Florida Trail Assoc, and Florida Native Plant Society co-sponsored an Invasive Plant Removal Work Day, which removed approximately one ton of coral ardisia. Beautiful trails have been completed through the woods. SHI has a well established presence on First Fridays at Railroad Square. Local musicians such as The New 76ers and Sligo Line have donated their time and talent to support SHI. SHI reached its 2014 goals of obtaining appraisals and a Building Condition Assessment report. We were very happy to learn that the house is structurally sound, although afflicted with extensive cosmetic damage that is expensive to repair. Goals for the current year:to solve the serious erosion problem that is causing the spring head banks to crumble and horizontal holes to develop under the house-side of the banksto raise funds and obtain letters of commitment from donors to match at least half of the amount we will request for a State of Florida Acquisition and Restoration Matching Grant; to continue to promote public use and tours of Spring House with improved communications and more creative outreach

Programs

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Program 1

Stabilizing and Restoring Spring House

Preventing deterioration of Spring House; identifying and mitigating immediate challenges to the physical structure and grounds; designing and implementing reconstruction/restoration projects

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 2

Managing Spring House for Public Use

Making Spring House available for public use including classes from local schools, colleges and universities; maintaining the house and grounds; publicizing the fact that Spring House is available; planning and implementing tours and events

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Spring House is located in Leon County, as are the headquarters and business activities of Spring House Institute. The vast majority of events sponsored by or related to SHI and its mission have taken place and will take place in Leon County. However, the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright continue to fascinate and inspire people from all over the world. Interest in and support for the work of SHI is not geographically limited.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Needs:an excellent treasurer with financial knowledge and skills to fulfill its mission and help grow this amazing opportunity into all its potential. a marketing expert to help us plan our capital campaign to raise the matching funds for acquisition and restoration grants from the State of Florida. an educational wizard who has a broad vision with the experience to help plan future programs for the institute, an incredible opportunity and essential part of our mission.

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Spring House Institute, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Byrd Lewis Mashburn

BIO

Byrd Lewis Mashburn grew up at Spring House, with her parents, Clifton Van Brunt Lewis and George Lewis II, and her three brothers. She lived there from 1954 until she left home at 21 after attending FSU. She returned to Spring House in 1994 to help her parents, and lived there with her mother until 2006. Byrd continued to live with Clifton in Tallahassee until Clifton's death in February 2014, but not at Spring House, which is now devoted to the mission of Spring House Institute.Byrd received her Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from University of South Florida in 1990. She graduated with honors as a member of Golden Key National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, and was included in the Outstanding College Students of America for 1990.To care for her family and to keep Clifton's vision of SHI alive, Byrd carried three part-time jobs, working seven days a week until her job at the Tallahassee Democrat became full time in 1998. She continued to work on weekends, selling health food products at the Honey Tree until the end of 2006. In 2001, she took a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a publication production specialist in the Division of Marketing, graphics section. Until she retired in 2013, she was in charge of the image center and the graphic jobs database.Byrd's determination, competence, dedication, knowledge, understanding, work ethic, leadership, and all around good sense inspire others to help make the SHI mission come true.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" While attending the 1950 World Federalist Conference at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL, George and Clifton Lewis asked architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design a home for them, saying they ""have a lot of children and not much money"". Clifton believed Mr. Wright could design a house with a soul. Wright agreed, instructing them to ""Go find your ground, not on a lot."" After one year, they located a beautiful 5-acre parcel in Leon County on the outskirts of Tallahassee with a natural spring that often flows from the property to Lake Jackson. Mr. Wright completed the plans in 1952: an unconventional passive solar ""hemicycle"" design, which made it difficult to find a builder. In 1954, Nils Schweizer, Mr. Wright's southeastern representative, was sent by Mr. Wright to find a qualified contractor. Ernest Daffin, a local architect and family friend who worked for Jack Culpepper Contractor, helped recruit Mr. Culpepper to undertake the project, as Clifton recalls, ""to build a livable house for an agreed-on price..."" Local building codes and site conditions required modifications, including a much larger foundation than originally planned. Due to additional costs, some of the exterior features of Mr. Wright's design were not completed, among them a terrace wall and reflecting pool.By December 1954, construction had ended and the Lewis family moved into their new home. Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 never having visited the property.Mr. Wright and the Lewis family shared the dream of a peaceful world governed by people of all nations who solve problems without war and foster the creative spirit. Spring House Institute is inspired by this vision. ""World Peace through World Law"" would be one of many classes taught at the Institute. The captivating space would be used for seminars, workshops, meetings, retreats, performances, gardening, nature study, and other similar purposes. Restored and completed, Spring House would be a natural tourist attraction and a boon to the economy of North Florida. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Byrd Lewis Mashburn

Community Volunteer

Term: May 2013 - May 2015

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