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Frank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture

Join experts in the Laurel Mountains to immerse yourself in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright as you explore three of his most iconic designs, including a private visit of Fallingwater.
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Program No. 1885RJ
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5 days
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949
Pennsylvania

Frank Lloyd Wright: Revolutionary Contributions to Modern Architecture

Join experts in the Laurel Mountains to immerse yourself in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright as you explore three of his most iconic designs, including a private visit of Fallingwater.
Length
5 days
Starts at
949
Program No. 1885 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Moderate walking and standing on each of the field trips. Morning lectures followed by afternoon field trips to the houses to experience them as works of art. There are approximately 100 stairs to negotiate at Fallingwater.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit Fallingwater, Wright's best essay on the harmony between architecture and nature.
  • Admire a superb example of Wright’s organic architecture at Kentuck 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.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Paul Davis
Paul Davis has a B.A. in History from Slippery Rock University and a M.A. in Public History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to working at Fallingwater, Paul works at the Uniontown Public Library and volunteers in the Library's Pennsylvania Room.

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

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Paul Davis has a B.A. in History from Slippery Rock University and a M.A. in Public History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition to working at Fallingwater, Paul works at the Uniontown Public Library and volunteers in the Library's Pennsylvania Room.
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Scott Wise is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He has been a theatrical professional for 30 years, including a stint as Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh International Folk Theater, and was the recipient of a Choreographers Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Scott is an amateur potter.
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Kimmie Stradling has a background in hospitality and is Laurelville's new program director. Kimmie graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. She has worked at Marriott and has been a youth director at a church for four years. Some of her favorite things to do are traveling and taking her paddle board out on the water. She is excited to join in on the Road Scholar adventures that she has the privilege of hosting.
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Phillip Shandorf was born and raised in nearby Connellsville, where he still lives today. Two of the biggest accomplishments of Phillip’s life were becoming an Eagle Scout and his degree in history from the University of California. Phillip has been leading groups at Fallingwater for 3 years, providing an opportunity to share his passions for local history with visitors from around the world. He belongs to the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology where he is secretary of his local chapter and volunteers on archaeological digs.
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Max Adzema is one of Fallingwater’s museum educators. He is originally from Pittsburgh where he studied art history and museum studies at the University of Pittsburgh and worked with the Nationality Rooms, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and National Carpatho-Rusyn Society. Max enjoys experiencing art and architecture with people of all ages and spending time outdoors!
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Amy has been employed in the education department since 1986 and currently manages the education programs that are offered. She is a second generation employee of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Her late father, Lee Lowden, was a naturalist at Ferncliff in Ohiopyle and also at the Bear Run Nature Reserve adjacent to Fallingwater. Amy lives close by in Ohiopyle with her husband, Roger, who is also employed in Fallingwater’s preservation department. She and Roger enjoy spending time with their young grandson, Jonas.
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: The House and its History
by Donald Hoffmann
A total revision of the standard document on Fallingwater, the boldest, most personal architectural statement of Wright's mature years. Updated with valuable new material from the recently opened Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, the book gives special emphasis to Fallingwater's architectural innovations. "Fascinating." — The New York Times. 116 illustrations.
The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
by Neil Levine
Neil Levine's study of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, beginning with his work in Oak Park in the late 1880s and culminating in the construction of the Guggenheim museum in New York and the Marin County Civic Center in the 1950s, if the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the architect's entire career since the opening of the Wright Archives over a decade ago. The most celebrated and prolific of modern architects, Wright built more than four hundred buildings and designed at least twice as many more. The characteristic features of his work--the open plan, dynamic space, fragmented volumes, natural materials, and integral structure--established the basic way that we think about modern architecture. For a general audience, this engaging book provides an introduction to Wright's remarkable accomplishments, as seen against the background of his eventful and often tragic life. For the architect or the architectural historian, it will be an important source of new insights into the development of Wright's whole body of work. It integrates biographical and historical material in a chronologically ordered framework that makes sense of his enormously varied career, and it provides over four hundred illustrations running parallel to the text.
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I can't imagine a better way to learn about Fallingwater and Frank Lloyd Wright private homes than this program. Now I know why this was always on my bucket list!

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The program offered for Fallingwater and other homes in the area was far beyond my expectations. I met some new friends who in will continue to keep in touch.

(5)

If you have ever heard of the architect , Frank Lloyd Wright,this program explains more about him , his buildings, his thoughts and the field trips to tour his homes tied it all up and more than one person said that they would look into gaining more information about him. Good program !!

(5)

This has to be the best way to see FLW's Falling Water, and three other FLW homes in the area. Trying to do this on your own would be very challenging, and take a lot of "research" regarding location, ticket, motels, meals, etc. And the education provided by staff of Falling Water adds so much to the experience, and couldn't be replicated on a self-devised trip.

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If you haven’t participated in the Frank Lloyd Wright program, sign up now!

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This was my first Road Scholar trip and I highly recommend it. The staff at Laurelville went out of their way to keep us informed, and every detail was well planned and executed. I made new friends, enjoyed myself, and was delighted by the tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes. I look forward to my next adventure with Road Scholar.

(5)

Excellent program. I am very glad I did not just visit the homes on my own. This program gave me insights and experiences that so added to my education about and enjoyment of Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Duncan House, and Mantyla. Laurelville staff were very accommodating, food was tasty and healthy, and the facility comfortable and serene. I highly recommend this program.

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I can't think of a better way to see Fallingwater for the first time!






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