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Building History: Roycroft and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Meet traditional artisans, attend crafts demonstrations and explore authentic Roycroft homes as you join experts to learn the story of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Western New York.
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Program No. 12718RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Join us at the historic Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft, National Historic Landmark — founded by the entrepreneur Elbert Hubbard in 1895 — to explore Western New York's turn-of-the-century trail of architecture, art, craft and philosophy. Discover the renaissance of preservation, 21st Century decorative arts and the holistic ideals of an era of new thought. Field trips to the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin Complex and Graycliff Estate offer a look at the architect’s local gems, while an investigation into the works of William Morris and John Ruskin offer a look at the roots of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 5 city blocks; standing up to 1-1/2 hours. Climbing stairs and standing during visits to historic homes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet master Roycroft artisans and observe their crafts during on-site demonstrations.
  • Delight in an evening reception at historic Roycroft homes and experience their ambiance.
  • Learn about the life and work of Roycroft’s charismatic founder, Elbert Hubbard.
Featured Expert
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Gayle Felix
Gayle Felix has loved group leading for Road Scholar since she began in 2015. With a history degree from Boston University, Gayle enjoys sharing Boston's history as well as discovering new places. Gayle leads a variety of programs in New England and Washington D.C. including On the Road adventures in Cape Cod and Maine, signature city programs in Boston and Washington D.C. and programs focusing on politics and music. During her free time, Gayle spends time with her family and friends biking, kayaking and traveling.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Loving Frank, A Novel
by Nancy Horan
Fact and fiction blend in a historical novel that chronicles the relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and Mamah Cheney, from their meeting in Oak Park, when they were each married to another, to the clandestine affair that shocked Chicago society.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog
by William Allin Storrer
This authoritative, chronological guide to all of Wright’s work covers each building from inception to modern-day use, alongside full-color photos and maps. Includes a biography of the architect himself.
Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
by Brendan Gill
Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, this is a personal biography of the great architect, full of anecdotes and little known tidbits about his personality and somewhat tumultuous life.
Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright's Romance with Nature
by Lynda S. Waggoner
A handsome, illustrated overview of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house, with pictures from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
Architecture's Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
by Hugh Howard
The biggest names in 20th century architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson were rivals with radically different approaches to their art. Howard’s page-turning dual biography shows how their contentious relationship influenced their designs.
New York State Map
by American Map
A road map of New York at a scale of 1:710,000.
Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture
by Robert C. Twombly
A biography analyzing Wright's work in relationship to his personal life and political views.
News from Nowhere and Other Writings
by William Morris
English designer and socialist William Morris's utopian novel is short on plot, but long on ideas and evocative descriptions of 19th-century London.
Town of Aurora (1818-1930), Images of America
by Donald Dayer
Part of the prolific Images of America series, this local chronicle surveys the history of Aurora and western New York, including the Arts and Crafts architecture movement which flourished there.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
by Neil Levine
Architectural historian Neil Levine brings together historical and biographical material, relating Wright's architecture with the events in his life.
Frank Lloyd Wright
by Robert McCarter
A comprehensive study of Frank Lloyd Wright's many architectural accomplishments. McCarter's insightful commentary will aid in understanding Wright's work.
The Arts and Crafts Movement
by Rosalind Blakesley
An art book from the venerable publishers at Phaidon. They explore the common ideas that unite the movement that spanned the Atlantic and had enormous influence from the 1850s to the modern era.
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography
by Meryle Secrest
A selection of Wright's letters, photographs, drawings and books. The primary sources include interviews from those who worked and lived with the difficult architectural genius.

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