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Fallingwater: An Autumn Sonata

October 6-9, 2018

Daily Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1: Saturday, October 6

Make your way to your boutique hotel in central Pittsburgh. The historic Art Deco structure was recently updated with a whimsical décor that yields a playful, hip vibe. The restaurant serves up all-day dining in a soaring, industrial space, and is a popular gathering spot for locals. This Kimpton Hotel includes complimentary coffee and tea in the morning and wine and beer from 5 - 7 pm in the lobby lounge, a rooftop biergarten and yoga mats in every room.

Meet your Frank Lloyd Wright Trust tour leaders and fellow travelers in the afternoon, and depart for an orientation tour of Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Founded in 1758 and full of architectural surprises, Pittsburgh is a fascinating place to explore. Our tour—on bus and by foot—will feature important American architectural sites including H. H. Richardson’s Allegheny County Courthouse and former jail building, and Henry Clay Frick’s Union Arcade—one of the country’s first indoor malls; the former P&LE (Pittsburgh and Lake Erie) train station that has been transformed into an entertainment, office, and retail center called Station Square; and a ride up the Monongahela incline for a birds-eye view of the skyline, with its majestic rivers and stunning bridges.

Next, travel to West Mifflin to tour the privately-owned Hulda and Louise Notz house (1940) designed by Taliesin apprentice Cornelia Brierly (1913-2012). Using Usonian principles, the house features modest materials and makes the most of its knoll-top site, and its modular floor plan is based on a series of connecting hexagons. As Brierly was very young at the time, the house design is said to have had a guiding hand by Wright himself.

Return to the hotel and gather this evening for a welcome dinner prepared by one of Pittsburgh’s top-rated chefs.
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Day 2: Sunday, October 7

This morning, continue your exploration of Pittsburgh. We start with the Lipkind House (1954), a later design by Brierly and her husband Peter Berndtson (1909-1972), another Taliesin Fellow. The design of the compact, yet spacious privately-owned house is based on a circle and features a walled garden, floor-to-ceiling doors and windows and an exterior patio that provides a treehouse-like vista of the woodland site.

Then, head south for lunch at a local favorite and continue to Polymath Park, located in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania. The park’s forested 125 acres are home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House (1957,) a Usonian-style house that was saved from demolition and relocated from suburban Chicago; and its latest addition, the R.W. Lindholm House, moved from Cloquet, MN. Constructed in 1952, the 2,300 square feet, three-bedroom house was also known as Mantyla, Finnish for “house among the pines.” We will also see two additional Peter Berndtson designs; the Balter House and the Blum House, which clearly show Wright’s influence.

Next, check in to the luxurious Falling Rock hotel at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Nemacolin holds a five-diamond rating from AAA for its lodging and dining and a four-star rating from Mobil. Boasting a multi-million-dollar art collection, a state-of-the-art spa, and two 18-hole golf courses, the resort also offers its guests pedal boat rides and kayaks, an equestrian center, and fourteen specialty shops. Your evening is free to enjoy the resort’s dining and leisure activities.
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Day 3: Monday, Monday, October 8

After an early group breakfast, depart for an in-depth tour of Fallingwater, famously considered Wright’s masterwork and voted the “best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects. The tour winds through the house and fully engages you in Wright’s sublime integration of building and nature. Guests will be permitted to take still photography for personal use. After the tour, enjoy time at leisure to take a walk, have lunch at the café or browse the gift shop and temporary exhibit. Then, reconvene for an exclusive lecture by Scott Perkins, Fallingwater’s Director of Preservation.

Next, join Emily Butler—Head of Preservation and Conservation for Kentuck Knob—for an exclusive tour of this idyllic retreat designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Bernardine and I. N. Hagan in 1956. Enamored of Fallingwater, the Hagans turned to Wright for a considerably more modest residence. Their Usonian home, of native sandstone and tidewater red cypress, is one with its landscape and offers a panoramic view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the Laurel Highlands. The Hagans enjoyed Kentuck Knob for thirty years and sold it to Lord Peter Palumbo in 1986. Palumbo’s collection of sculptures by well-known contemporary artists is installed amidst the woods, garden, and meadow of the site.

After the tour, bask in the sunset glow with a cocktail on the patio, followed by an al-fresco, farm-to-table Harvest dinner featuring lamb from Jamison Farms—one of the culinary treasures of the Laurel Highlands—and fresh and local autumnal produce.
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Day 4: Tuesday, October 9

Enjoy time at leisure at the resort until our early afternoon departure for the airport.


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