Willard Van Orsdel King House, Fort Lauderdale

Willard Van Orsdel King House, Fort Lauderdale

The Dr. Willard Van Orsdel King House is a historic U.S. home in Fort Lauderdale. It was built in 1951 and is an architectural example of the Mid-century modern design movement. The three bedroom home was designed by William F. Bigoney to be bright but cool in the subtropic environment. A large central room with two walls of windows is the central axis of the building. It was built in the beginning of the post war development boom in Fort Lauderdale.

The King House is one of the few remaining buildings designed by pioneering Fort Lauderdale architect William Francis Bigoney Jr. (1921-1996). Bigoney studied under Walter Gropius, founder of the bauhaus design school. Bigoney is one of Fort Lauderdale's most notable modernist architects. Bigoney was a civic leader in the city and played a key role in the creation of the Riverwalk project. In 2000 the city named him an "Honored Founder".

Dr. King was a world renowned Entomologist, specializing in mosquito control. Dr. King received his Doctorate from Tulane University in 1915. He is credited with being the first person to use aerial spaying to control mosquito populations and reduce the spread of mosquito-transmitted diseases. He was head of mosquito operations at the Orlando Lab and was awarded the Legion of Merit for meritorious service.

The house was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
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Sight Name: Willard Van Orsdel King House
Sight Location: Fort Lauderdale, USA (See walking tours in Fort Lauderdale)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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