Westcott Center for Architecture + Design

The Westcott Center for Architecture + Design – was formed in 2013 to establish a more prominent presence for architecture and design education in the region. The vision of the center is to serve as a regional resource for architecture and design education and promote creative placemaking strategies.

The center is a result of a merger of two organizations: the Westcott House Foundation and Springfield Preservation Alliance. The Westcott House Foundation, a non-profit organization and a steward of one of the most significant landmarks in Ohio - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House - has dedicated its first eight years of operation to growing educational programs and expanding its role as a cultural and economic asset for the region. A unique and impeccably restored work of America’s most famous architect has drawn tens of thousands of visitors from outside the Clark County, while nurturing the local community through innovative programs including their multimedia design studios, concerts, and exhibitions. 

The Springfield Preservation Alliance was established in 2003 in an effort to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the architectural and cultural heritage of Springfield, Ohio. Over the last 10 years, the organization has led hundreds of architectural and historical tours, as well as other activities to educate our community on the rich and fascinating history of the built environment. The group has established dynamic and innovative programming - including walking tours, bicycle tours, and youth education events, all aimed at growing awareness and appreciation of Springfield’s architectural history while connecting residents with their community.

Through the years, these groups have collaborated on many programs, including the Design Detectives Summer Camp, PechaKucha Springfield Ohio, and History Hymns & Holly. 

To the partnership, the Alliance brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of the region’s historic fabric. Through the years, they have had a dynamic vision that excites people about their community. Westcott House brings national recognition and vital local programming, as well as staffing resources, grant writing experience and infrastructure that allows the missions of both organizations to carry on in a very effective way.

In addition to the current programming of both groups, plans for the Westcott Center include the development of interactive self-guided tours of our community, career discovery workshops for high school students, college-level summer architectural studios, as well as professional development sessions for architects, engineers, builders and designers.

To support the activities of the CA+D, the Springfield Preservation Alliance has established a $30,000 endowment at the Springfield Foundation. This fund, with mechanisms in place for continued long-term growth, will help ensure that these vital programs have a solid future in our community. All donations to this fund directly support programs on architecture, design, and historic preservation in the greater Springfield Region. In addition, the Springfield Foundation also manages an endowment dedicated to the preservation and long-term care of the Westcott House. Community members interested in contributing to these endowments are encouraged to contact the Springfield Foundation staff.

It is intended that the Westcott Center for Architecture + Design will become a hub of activity and creative synergy. To learn more about the programs offered by the center please click here.