Light walking on gravel trail beside Jacob’s Creek. Getting on/off a motorcoach several times. Walking 0.5 miles or riding on gravel road to Duncan and Mantyla Houses. Approximately 40 minutes of walking and standing on gravel and inside house; less then 6 stairs inside house.
Continental breakfast in our lodging (the Solarhouse).
Optional walk along the creek. We’ll gather in the Solarhouse for this morning’s presentation, entitled "Wright's Patrons and Projects" presented by the staff from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's premier architectural masterpiece. We’ll have an in-depth look at the controversy that often surrounded Wright and his clients. It is said that one of Wright's clients, Edgar Kauffman, owner of Fallingwater, told the Hagans, owners of Kentuck Knob, that when giving Wright the budget for building their home they should quote no more than half of what they intended to spend in the end. Far exceeding his budget was one of many qualities that impacted Wright’s relationships with clients. Even amid controversies, ultimately it was Wright's vision that drew clients from across the country to him and catalyzed an amazing career, spanning two world wars and two continents.
We’ll board a motorcoach and travel to Polymath Park for a light lunch at Tree Tops, the on-site restaurant.
Following lunch, we will explore the world of organic architecture through the eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright while enjoying the scenic Laurel Highlands’ surroundings. During our visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House and Mantyla House, we will experience the height of Usonian Style with the help of knowledgeable docents. Wright created Usonians for everyday life in the 1950s. We will marvel at the fascinating story of preserving these two homes for future generations. We will return early to Laurelville for free time until dinner.
Buffet style in the dining hall. We’ll take in some live entertainment.
Following dinner, enjoy free time or part one of a special showing of the Ken Burns documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright (part one is approximately 85 minutes). Film description: “Frank Lloyd Wright was was an authentic American genius, designing over eight hundred buildings, including such revolutionary structures as the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple, and Taliesin. Wright's buildings and his ideas changed the way we live, work, and see the world around us. Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural achievements were often overshadowed by the turbulence of his melodramatic life. In 92 years, he fathered seven children, married three times, and constantly embroiled scandal. Some hated him, some loved him, but in the end, few could deny that he was the most important architect in America and perhaps the world. With exquisite live cinematography, fascinating interviews, and rare archival footage, this riveting film brings Wright's unforgettable story to life.”