Florida Southern College Dedicates the Christoverson Humanities BuildingNovember 12, 2010
Florida Southern College dedicated the Dr. Marcene H. and Robert E. Christoverson Humanities Building today. The building, which will house the College's English department and the modern languages department, will provide classrooms, seminar rooms, a writing center, language and computer labs, a film studies theater, and faculty offices, all organized around a double-height atrium.
"Dr. Marcene Christoverson is a constant inspiration to me and is one of Florida Southern's most ardent supporters," said Florida Southern's President, Dr. Anne Kerr. "Through her generous funding of a new humanities building on our campus, Dr. Christoverson is making a wonderful investment in the disciplines that are fundamental components of the College's liberal arts core. The Dr. Marcene H. and Robert E. Christoverson Humanities Building will be a lasting tribute to a woman who pursues excellence in every facet of her business and civic leadership endeavors and memorializes the importance of education that she and her husband shared."
The Christoverson Humanities Building is the third building by Robert A.M. Stern Architects on the Florida Southern campus, which boasts the largest grouping of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world. The two residence halls that compose the Barnett Residential Life Center opened in 2008 and 2009. "I am gratified that the College thought well enough of our efforts on the residences to invite us back for a second turn," said Robert A.M. Stern. "The Christoverson Humanities Building reflects the desire to create a new gateway to the campus that will at the same time become a new focus for academic life. Just as the humanities are at the heart of college education, we hope that the Christoverson Building will find a welcome place at the heart of the Florida Southern experience."
Wallis Murphey Boyington Architects of Lakeland, Florida, served as associate architect.