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Exploring Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and Polymath Park

Overnight Tour

Depart: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 7:15 a.m.
Return: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.
Code: 1NNFKP
$495 - Double Room Member
$555 - Single Room Member
$660 - Double Room Non-Member
$720 - Single Room Non-Member

Fallingwater (Photo: Risa Ryan)

Please Note: This tour has rescheduled dates (originally May 31 - June 1, 2020).

One of America's most innovative architects, Frank Lloyd Wright experimented with new ways to design homes and integrate them into nature. Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and the houses at Polymath Park offer prime examples of this organic architecture. Visit all three locations on an overnight tour to the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania led by Bill Keene, a writer and lecturer on architecture, urban history, and city planning who has a special interest in Wright.

Perhaps the architect’s most iconic structure, Fallingwater was designed in 1936 as a mountain retreat for the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh. Cantilevered over a waterfall, it is one of the most dramatic and frequently photographed works of architecture. It is also the only remaining major Wright house with its setting, original furnishings, and artworks intact.

Constructed entirely of Tidewater red cypress and native fieldstone, the house on Kentuck Knob appears almost a part of the mountain on which it is built. Designed by Wright in 1953 for the I.N. Hagan family, Kentuck Knob now houses furnishings and art of the current owners, Lord and Lady Palumbo.

At historic Polymath Park Resort near Fallingwater, view four houses designed for everyday living in the 1950s: the Balter and Blum houses by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice Peter Berndston and two residences by Wright, the Usonian-style Duncan House and the Mantyla House, both of which were relocated to Polymath Park.

Enjoy a one-night stay at the Comfort Inn Connellsville. All admissions, tours, meals (two lunches and one breakfast and dinner), and gratuities are included.

Note: Not all areas of Fallingwater are accessible for visitors with disabilities.


  • Tour includes all admissions, tours, meals (two lunches and one breakfast and dinner), and gratuities.
  • Overnight accommodations are at the Comfort Inn Connellsville.
  • Tour departs by bus from the Mayflower Hotel, Connecticut Ave. and DeSales St., NW, with a pickup stop at I-270 Exit 26 Urbana carpool lot at approximately 8:10 a.m.
  • Single-room supplement $60 (factored into the Single Room Member and Single Room Non-Member pricing).
  • Singles registering at the double-room rate are paired (on a nonsmoking basis) if possible, but must pay the single-room supplement otherwise.
  • Detailed information is mailed to registrants about four weeks prior to departure.
  • Registrants may want to consider purchasing trip insurance.