Archinect brings us news from the National Register-listed campus in Lakeland, Florida, which has enlisted Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects to devise an elegant solution for housing its 100 feral cats. According to Eric Pera, with The Ledger, the campus is proceeding with plans to construct six "domiciles built mostly of custom-made concrete blocks will provide shelter for almost 100 feral cats living on the Lakeland campus." The designs for the 5 feet high and 3 feet wide structures are "inspired by the famed architect."
"It would be incorrect to call them cat houses, college officials say. The preferred terminology is cat cafe, a place where the wayward felines can kick back for a drink and some chow."
"The cafes, designed by a New York architectural firm that has done renovation work on several Wright buildings at FSC, will double as shelter. The Alpha Chi Omega sorority will supply food and watch over the cats in partnership with SPCA of Florida as part of its commitment to control Polk County's feral cat problem."