Light walking on gravel trail beside Jacob’s Creek before breakfast. Getting on/off a motorcoach several times. Walking 0.5 miles or riding on gravel road to Duncan House. Approximately 40 minutes of walking and standing on gravel and inside house; less then 6 stairs inside house. Light walking at Greendance Winery on gravel paths. Wine tasting and bakery open at Greendance Winery; seating available.
In the dining hall, we’ll have a buffet meal with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water, orange and apple juices.
We’ll meet in the Solarhouse for this morning’s presentation, entitled "Wright's Patrons and Projects" and 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 get on a motorcoach and travel to Polymath Park. At an on-site restaurant, Polymath Park staff will serve salads with choices of chicken, salmon, or vegetables. Also on offer are sides and beverage choices of water, lemonade, iced tea.
Following lunch, we will explore the park and encounter 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, we will experience the height of Usonian Style with the help of a knowledgeable staffer. Created for everyday life in the 1950s, we will marvel at the fascinating story of this home’s journey from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Before returning to Laurelville, we will enjoy a visit to a local winery where we can select a fitting wine to enjoy during Wednesday's dinner.
In the dining hall, we’ll enjoy a fresh farm-to-table meal while taking in some live entertainment.
Following dinner, there will be a special showing of the Ken Burns documentary on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright (part one approximately 85 minutes). Film description: “Frank Lloyd Wright was the greatest of all American architects. He was an authentic American genius, a man who believed he was destined to redesign the world, creating everything anew. Over the course of his long career, Wright designed 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 ninety-two years, he fathered seven children, married three times, and almost 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.”