Sunday, October 12, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Homes

Just a couple more stops before we are home.  The first was Ohiopyle, (just love saying that name;))PA where two Frank Lloyd Wright designed homes reside.

Small Falls in small town of Ohiopyle, PA.

The first that we visited was Kentuck Knob - I. N. & Bernardine Hagan House.  The Hagan's purchased 89 acres in the mountains above Uniontown in western PA.  After falling in love with Fallingwater (only about 30 minutes away), they asked FLW to design a house for them - one of the last homes to be completed by Wright.  Kentuck Knob was built around the knob of the hill in a very similar manner to his own home - Taliesen in Wisconsin.  Kentuck Knob had incredible views until Mrs. Hagan seeded thousands of trees, which grew over the years to obliterate the view from the house!!!  The current owners have attempted to maintain the integrity of the house, including finding some of the FLW designed furniture (or similar) to bring the house back to its original appearance and have done a wonderful job with it.

Patio deck of Kentuck Knob.

Views from the Kentuck Knob - after walking through the trees.

On the other side of Ohiopyle is Fallingwater - perhaps the most famous of the FLW designed houses.  Fallingwater was designed by FLW in 1935 and constructed  from 1936-38, followed by the guest house in 1939, for Edgar Kaufmann, Sr. and his wife Liliane as a mountain retreat.  The home was owned and used by the Kaufmann's and their son, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., until 1963, when it was entrusted by Edgar, Jr. to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  Because this house was entrusted directly to a Conservancy by the original owners, it is intact with its original furnishings, artwork and setting - the only major FLW designed house to open to the public in such a state.  It is pretty impressive!!

Views of Fallingwaters

Pretty Awesome!!

While we were now ready to be home - there were two more stops to say 'Hi!' to family and friends.  First stop - Louisville to see cousin Galadriel and her family Jeff, Graysen and Henry;-)

The Morgenthau's

Second stop - Springfield, MO to see loooooooong-time friend Janet and her husband, Perry -

Partners in many a crime?????

AND NOW - we are horses headed for the barn!!!!

Amarillo by morning - or maybe its tomorrow evening - and Flagstaff Tuesday;-)

See you in Scottsdale - Elizabeth & Gary on their final leg

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