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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 visit to Fallingwater.
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Program No. 1885RJ
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5 days
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979
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 visit to Fallingwater.
Length
5 days
Starts at
979
Length
5 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
979
Program No. 1885RJ

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Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2022
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Apr 30 - May 4, 2023
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Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2022
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Apr 2 - Apr 6, 2023
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Apr 30 - May 4, 2023
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Sep 24 - Sep 28, 2023
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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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Amy Humbert Fallingwater Primary Instructor
Amy Humbert has been employed in the Fallingwater Education department since 1986 and currently manages the school and outreach programs that are offered. She is a second-generation employee of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Her late father, Frank “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 was employed for a number of years in Fallingwater’s Preservation department.

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

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Amy Humbert Fallingwater Primary Instructor View biography
Amy Humbert has been employed in the Fallingwater Education department since 1986 and currently manages the school and outreach programs that are offered. She is a second-generation employee of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Her late father, Frank “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 was employed for a number of years in Fallingwater’s Preservation department.
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Mary Kaufman Laurelville Site Coordinator View biography
Mary Kaufman holds degrees in journalism-professional writing and in communications-PR. She began her career at VisitPittsburgh and is the new program director at Laurelville. A Penn State Master Gardener, she finds meaning in volunteering, teaching, and gardening. Mary co-owns a small plant nursery and enjoys garden design, biking, hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, and being outdoors.
Profile Image of Cathy Kumor MS CHES RYT Yoga instructor
Cathy Kumor MS CHES RYT Yoga instructor View biography
Cathy Kumor (MS, CHES, RYT) is a retired heath care professional who works as a yoga instructor and health and wellness consultant. Cathy has presented educational offerings for Highmark, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, local businesses, and community groups as well as presenting at PA State DUI Association, the National SOPHE Conference and the National Wellness Institute. She is a tireless volunteer who raises funds for library and community projects with her classes.
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Ashley Andrykovitch Fallingwater Art Lecture View biography
Ashley Andrykovitch is the Curator of Education at Fallingwater. She holds a MA in Education from Seton Hill University, a Certificate of 19th and 20th Century Fine Art History from Sotheby's Institute, and a BA in Studio Art from Saint Vincent College. Prior to working at Fallingwater, Andrykovitch was Assistant Curator of Education at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. She is also a visual artist and resident at UnSmoke Systems in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
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Timothy Fischer Kentuck Knob Lecture/Manager View biography
Timothy Fischer has been a Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiast for more than 20 years, studying the architect's work and life. He has worked at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob since 2018. Tim graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in Visual Communications. He knowledge of Frank Lloyd Wright and Kentuck Knob is encyclopedic. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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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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