9:00am – 6:00pm: Wright This Way Tour $175
“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957
Frank Lloyd Wright created some of the most innovative spaces in the United States during his 70-year career. There are three of his iconic homes in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands region – including Fallingwater, which the American Institute of Architects calls the “best all-time work of American architecture.” Set in surroundings of raw natural beauty with mountain ranges, river gorges and diverse flora, this collection of Wright homes inspire a sense of wonder and exploration.
Polymath Park, where Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House is a demonstration of his Usonian tenets of compression and release. Polymath Park’s natural surroundings are also home to two homes designed by apprentices of Wright, the Balter House and Blum House, both organic to the site. Duncan House, one of FLY’s Usonian prefab homes owned by Elizabeth & Donald Duncan in Wisconsin. The house became derelict after the death of Mr. Duncan, and in 2004 it was dismantled and moved to and reconstructed on the 125-acre tract of woodland called Polymath Park.
Fallingwater, a National Historic Landmark and Wright’s crowning achievement in organic architecture. Once the summer home of the Kaufmann family, prominent Pittsburgh department store owners, Fallingwater is truly a country hideaway. Anchored into rock formations and built over a stream, the home appears to float over a waterfall, at one with nature. Travelers will have time to explore the grounds, Visitor Center exhibits, and impressively-curated Museum Store before tours begin.