Architecture of Corbin Education Center
The Corbin Education Center, located on the north side of the WSU campus, was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The center was named in honor of former Wichita University President Harry F. Corbin Jr. and was dedicated in 1964. The structure is actually two buildings divided and held together by the esplanade and runs 156 feet north and south and 288 feet east and west. The building is 40,000 sq. ft, including sheltered outdoor balconies and terraces. The belvedere roof is 28 feet from the ground and two 60-foot-tall light needles stand in the center section of the two buildings. The building rests on 200 concrete bell columns and grade beams with a reinforced concrete slab covering the beams. Steel encased fireproof columns and brick walls support the steel framed, reinforced concrete roof and balconies. A fountain runs down the center of the esplanade. The color scheme of terra cotta, turquoise and black was selected by Mrs. Wright. Many of the original furnishings are still being used.
Corbin Education Center Image Gallery