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Frank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture

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Program #1885RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for May 12 — May 16, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 -
Afternoon: Beginning at 5:00 pm, you may register and enjoy coffee and refreshments in the dining hall lobby. Enjoy a walk on Laurelville's wooded trails or relax in the spacious common area of your accommodations after settling into your room.

Dinner: Gather in the dining hall lobby to be met by your group coordinator and hosts. Enjoy a homestyle supper with your fellow Participants in Laurelville's dining facility.

Evening: Orientation following dinner. Meet your hosts and fellow Participants during this session. The group coordinator will have the opportunity to tell you more about the program, the area, and answer any questions you may have. Save room for a delicious dessert!

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall.

Morning: The first part of the morning will focus on the controversy that often surrounded Wright and his clients. Edgar Kauffman, owner of Fallingwater, told the Hagans, owners of Kentuck Knob, to tell Wright the budget for building their home was only one-half of what they intended to spend! Presented by the staff from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's premier architectural masterpiece, "To Meet, To Love, To Battle: Wright's Patrons and Projects" provides an in-depth look at the controversy that often surrounded Wright and his clients. Following a break, a staff member from Kentuck Knob will present "From Usonian to Masterpiece" an overview of the three houses participants will experience during their stay. Southwestern Pennsylvania has three original works by Frank Lloyd Wright, all within thirty miles of one another. They personify Mr. Wright’s willingness to work with diverse client backgrounds and income levels, from the exemplary Usonian style of Polymath Park’s Duncan House to the Deluxe Usonian for I. N. and Bernardine Hagan, nicknamed Kentuck Knob, to Edgar J. Kaufmann’s Fallingwater, which many critics have called the greatest example of American architecture. By understanding each family’s wants and needs, we will examine how Mr. Wright created the perfect homes for three very different clients.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: Following lunch, the group will depart for Polymath Park via charter bus. At the Park guests will encounter the world of organic architecture through the eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright and his apprentice, Peter Berndtson, while enjoying the scenic Laurel Highlands’ surroundings. During our visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House, you will experience the height of Usonian Style with the help of a knowledgeable guide. Created for everyday life in the 1950s, you will marvel at the fascinating story of this home’s journey from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Two other Wright-inspired homes add to the architectural interest and historical appeal of Polymath Park Resort.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall

Evening: Following dinner, there will be a special showing of the Ken Burns documentary on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: In preparation for our afternoon at Kentuck Knob, a member of the staff will present "The Shape of Kentuck Knob." Depending on which architect you ask, Mr. Wight designed Kentuck Knob using a hexagonal module…or an equilateral triangular module…or a parallelogram module. In truth, they may be all one in the same. We will look at how these shapes interconnect to form a truly distinctive home which allowed flexibility during the planning stages and find out how a module unit system fits into Mr. Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: The group will depart via charter bus to visit another Wright-designed home. Kentuck Knob, located in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania. Wright and his architects at Taliesin designed the Usonian home for the I.N. Hagan family, who resided there for almost 30 years. A sculpture garden with 35 major works also enhances the property. Please note: There is considerable walking and steps.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant will allow the group to sample the delicious local flavors.

Evening: Return to Laurelville to relax and socialize.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Located on 600 forest acres in the Laurel Highlands, with Jacobs Creek bordering the property.

Contact info:
941 Laurelville Lane
Mount Pleasant, PA 15666-8908 USA
phone: 800-839-1021
web: www.laurelville.org

Room amenities: Private bath, small table and chair, dresser.

Facility amenities: Private bath in each room with linens provided. Hospitality center available with beverages and snacks at all times. TV/VCR available in main meeting area. Piano is also available. Guest phone is available in the public area only. Laundry facilities available as well as an ice machine.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Call for prices/availability
Please call for prices and availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: Staff from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's premier architectural masterpiece, will lead two morning sessions. "Fallingwater: A Place for Renewal" and "Frank Lloyd Wright: Standing Strong" will introduce participants to Fallingwater and provide a basic overview of his architecture.

Lunch: Lunch in the dining hall

Afternoon: The group will depart via charter bus for a first-class glimpse at the wonder of Fallingwater, near Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Guides from Fallingwater will share the secrets of Wright's masterpiece with an in-depth, behind-the-scenes experience. Participants will be given time to browse the museum shop and take in the iconic trail view. Please note: There is considerable walking and steps at this site.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining hall.

Evening: Evening entertainment at Laurelville with dessert to follow.

Lodging: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Five: Thursday, May 16 -
Breakfast: Breakfast in the dining hall

Morning: A special guest from the Fallingwater family will be the featured presenter during this morning session.

Lunch: The program will conclude with a 12:00 noon lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
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12 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

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