Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity House

April 5, 2018

 In the early 1950s, University of Florida architecture student and Zeta Beta Tau member Kenneth Treister invited Frank Lloyd Wright to come and speak to the UF community. At the time, the UF Architecture Faculty did not allow outside speakers to come to campus. The architecture students raised Wright's $1,000 speaking fee and greeted him at the Gainesville airport. Later, Wright spoke to a sold out audience in the Florida Gymnasium on October 23, 1951. Treister asked for Wright to create plans for the new Zeta Beta Tau house. Due to design differences between Wright and the codes required for buildings on campus, the fraternity house was never realized. Using the original plans, available along with Treister's collection in the University of Florida Architecture Archives, architecture professor Martha Kohen's class built a scale model of what the fraternity house could have been. 

 

To read more about Treister's story, you can find his book on the experience here

 

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