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Frank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture

Program Number: 1885RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2013 - 5/16/2013; 4/12/2015 - 4/16/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/14/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $658.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Frank Lloyd Wright is considered by some to be the greatest American architect. Explore the many facets of his contributions to modern architecture in discussions with experts representing three Wright-designed houses in this region. Step inside these exquisite homes to compare and contrast them while you consider the 75-year career of the architect, a working life that spanned two world wars.




Highlights

• Visit Fallingwater, Wright's best essay on the harmony between architecture and nature.
• Admire a superb example of Wright’s organic architecture at Kentucky Knob, a private residence blending impeccably with its surroundings
• At Duncan House, marvel at the fascinating story of this home’s journey from Illinois to Pennsylvania.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking and standing.



Coordinated by Laurelville Mennonite Church Center.




Mount Pleasant

Located at the foot of the Laurel Mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania, this quaint community is at the center of the region's many recreational and scenic opportunities, including the limestone formations of Laurel Caverns, Ohiopyle State Park, and the Ohiopyle and Youghiogheny rivers.



Accommodations
Conference center on 240 forested acres in the Laurel Highlands.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jennifer Hiebert

Jennifer Heibert is the education assistant at Fallingwater. In this role, she develops and helps implement on-site educational programming, and coordinates all of Fallingwater's volunteers. Originally from Portland, Indiana, Jennifer graduated from Goshen College with a degree in elementary education.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
  Mount Pleasant, PA 4 nights
 Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
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 allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Call for prices/availability Please call for prices and availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for prices/availability Please call for prices and availability.
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:00 pm registration at the conference center with dinner and orientation to follow. You will be staying at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with a 12:00 noon lunch on Thursday. Check out time is 12:30pm You will be staying at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample parking available without charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Mount Pleasant, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Mt. Pleasant, PA
  Nearest highway: PA Route 982 and Route 31
  Nearest airport:  Arnold Palmer Regional (LBE) or Pittsburgh International (PIT)
  From End of Program
  Location: Mount Pleasant, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Pittsburgh, PA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
phone: 800-839-1021
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$100
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

For those traveling from a distance, we are happy to help provide transportation to and from Laurelville. For your convenience, airport shuttle service is available at 3:30 pm the day of arrival and 1:00 pm the day of departure (in time for flights 4:00 pm and later) for a cost of $100 each way. The cost may be discounted based on the number of passengers. Please email program@laurelville.org to schedule your transportation. Other times can be arranged on an individual basis.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East From PA Turnpike take Exit 91 (Donegal) and follow PA Route 31 west seven miles. At traffic light at PA Route 982 turn right. Travel 1/2 mile to the Y-intersection, turn right and drive 1/4 mile. Watch for Laurelville Mennonite Church Center signs on Routes 31 and 982. Laurelville’s entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob’s Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
  From the South Take 119 north to the intersection of 982. Take PA 982 north for about 8 miles to the intersection of Route 31. Continue on 982 through the light about 1/2 mile to the Y-intersection. Turn right and drive 1/4 mile. Laurelville's entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob's Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
  From the West From PA Turnpike take Exit 75 (New Stanton) and follow US 119 south five miles to the Mount Pleasant Exit. Take PA Route 31 east through the town of Mount Pleasant and continue traveling east 4 miles. At the traffic light at PA Route 982 turn left. Travel 1/2 mile to the Y-intersection. Turn right and drive 1/4 mile. Watch for Laurelville Mennonite Church Center signs on Routes 31 and 982. Laurelville’s entrance is on the right just before the bridge over Jacob’s Creek. The office is located beyond the swimming pool, just to the left of the Dining Hall.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(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!
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(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.
   
Accommodations: Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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