Breakfast at Laurelville
Today's presentation, entitled "Wright's Patrons and Projects" provides 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 Wrights 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. Presented by the staff from Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's premier architectural masterpiece.
The group will depart for Polymath Park via charter bus. Lunch will be hosted by the Polymath Park staff at Tree Tops, their onsite restaurant.
Following lunch, the group will explore the park and 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. Before returning to Laurelville you will enjoy a visit to a local winery where you can find a fitting wine to enjoy during Wednesday's dinner.
Dinner will be served in Laurelville's small dining hall.
Following dinner, there will be a special showing of the Ken Burns documentary on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright (part 1 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.