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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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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
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Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Afternoon: Registration will begin at 5:00 pm (eastern time) in our Dining Hall Lobby, with coffee and refreshments for your enjoyment. Feel free to relax in the spacious common area, or enjoy the grounds.

Dinner: Enjoy a home style dinner at 6:00 pm, with coffee, tea, juice and/or water with your fellow participants in Laurelville's Dining Hall.

Evening: Orientation and introduction will follow dinner. Meet your hosts and fellow participants during this session. The group coordinator will provide a plan for the week and what to expect on each house we will visit with question and answer time. Directly following orientation time there is a social time with a delicious dessert!

DAY
2
Visit Polymath Park, Local Winery
Mount Pleasant, PA
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Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at Laurelville

Morning: 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.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: 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: Dinner will be served in Laurelville's small dining hall.

Evening: 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.

DAY
3
Morning Lectures, Fallingwater, Evening Movie
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Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Activity note: There is considerable walking and steps. A shuttle is available to and from the house and a video tour available of the 2nd floor for those unable to handle steps. Fallingwater has approximately 100 steps throughout the house.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Laurelville

Morning: The first presentation, led by Fallingwater staff will be "The Art at Fallingwater." This expertly led presentation will give you an insider's view as you engage with the private art collection on display within Fallingwater. While the house is a work of art in itself, the Kauffmans accrued an incredible collection from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Ando Hiroshige, and John James Audobon, as well as notable pieces of Tiffany glass work and ancient relics. The second morning presentation will be "Frank Lloyd Wright: Holding Up Fallingwater." This will be a hands on session to engage participants in learning about one of the key architectural principals of Fallingwater and many other Wright designs.

Lunch: Lunch at Laurelville

Afternoon: The group will travel by charter bus to our next Wright destination. A living, breathing house in perfect harmony with it’s setting, Fallingwater is recognized today as arguably Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest work and the last great Frank Lloyd Wright house with its setting, original furnishings, and artwork intact. The building was voted the “best all-time work of American architecture” in a 1991 poll of members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). To date, more than 4 million people have visited this modern masterpiece. You will join this number with a first-class glimpse at the wonder of Fallingwater, near Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Guides from Fallingwater will share the secrets of Wright's masterpiece as you take in every turn and view. Opportunity will be given to enjoy the iconic overlook of the house and to browse the lovely Fallingwater Museum Shop. We'll be greeted at the site with a welcome reception featuring a special treat from the Fallingwater Cookbook, a collection of recipes from Elsie Henderson, the last cook of Fallingwater and who we'll learn more about on Friday. Please note: There is considerable walking and steps. A shuttle is available to and from the house and a video tour available of the 2nd floor for those unable to handle steps.

Dinner: Dinner at Laurelville

Evening: Following dinner, we will show part two (approximately 70 minutes) of the Ken Burns documentary on the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

DAY
4
Morning Lectures, Visit Kentuck Knob House, Evening Meal at Out of the Fire
Mount Pleasant, PA
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Laurelville Mennonite Church Center

Activity note: Visitors at the Kentuck Knob are transported up the hill to the house in a shuttle bus. There is considerable walking and standing during the one hour visit. The shuttle is available to return guests back to the visitor's center, but you may also choose to walk back via the sculpture meadow.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Laurelville

Morning: This morning you have the option of attending a "Drawing on Nature" workshop. Enjoy a simple drawing exercise (no experience necessary) led by Fallingwater staff that will sharpen your observation skills and help you to understand the ways in which Frank Lloyd Wright derived inspiration from the shape of the landscape. Afterwards, staff from Fallingwater will provide information on Kentuck Knob. You'll see how that house was also inspired by the landscape.

Lunch: Lunch at Laurelville

Afternoon: The group will depart via charter bus to visit another Wright-designed home. Kentuck Knob, located in Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania. Wright and his architects at Taliesin designed the Usonian home for the I.N. Hagan family, who resided there for almost 30 years. The tour of Kentuck Knob is further enhanced by sculptures located in the garden, the woods, and the meadow. Works by contemporary artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Claes Oldenburg, Sir Anthony Caro, and Ray Smith, as well as many others are represented in the collection. Please note: Visitors are transported up the hill to the house in a shuttle bus. There is considerable walking and standing during the one hour tour. The shuttle is available to return guests back to the visitor's center, but you may also choose to walk back via the sculpture meadow.

Dinner: We will end an amazing day with dinner at Out of the Fire Cafe, one of the area's premier restaurants. Out of the Fire Café is a family owned and operated upscale/casual restaurant serving New American cuisine year round. This is a Bring Your Own Beer or Wine establishment so don't forget to snag your beverage of choice earlier in the week, perhaps at Greendance Winery.

Evening: The evening will be spent enjoying each other's company over fine food at the restaurant, so expect a late return back to Laurelville.

DAY
5
Wright Interview Movie, Video Interview of Elsie Henderson, Program Concludes
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Breakfast: Breakfast at Laurelville

Morning: The morning begins with a DVD "A Conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright" This DVD is a candid interview conducted by Hugh Downs that provides some insight to Mr. Wright's personality and his architectural beliefs. Enjoy a video interview of Elsie Henderson who cooked for the Kaufmanns, the original owners of Fallingwater, and their many weekend guests, including Senator Ted Kennedy and Wright himself. Elsie vividly recalls her memories and anecdotes of life in the renowned house on the waterfall in a voice all her own. Elsie is featured in a book written with her stories, pictures and recipes, "The Fallingwater Cookbook: Elsie Henderson's Recipes and Memories".

Lunch: The program will conclude with an 11:00 lunch in the dining hall. Room check-out is 12:30 pm unless you have requested to extend your stay.