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Friday, December 16, 2011


WRIGHT WEEKEND—Today, tomorrow and Sunday this blog travels to Southern Pennsylvania to visit two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s remarkable residences. Built almost a generation apart, Fallingwater and nearby Kentuck Knob are not only breathtaking as works of residential architecture but also as scenic attractions.

Fallingwater is built over that famous stream that few can recall its name (Bear Run) and Kentuck Knob is a dozen or less miles away adjacent to a stunning sculpture garden.
I would suggest afternoon visits Kentuck Knob first followed by Fallingwater. Doing both in one day takes a bit of planning and frankly takes away from the experience. You need reservations for Fallingwater touring. No walk ups. You are warned.

For you Wright purists, I add nothing new, but if you are new to FLW's work and want to see Mr. Wright at his residential best—these two stops are worth adding to your architectural tourism collection.

And, what would a getaway weekend be without staying at the nearby B&B named Inne at Watson’s Choice. For this particular trip we flew Southwest Airlines into Baltimore and rented a car there. Between Baltimore and Fallingwater, we stopped in Gettysburg, Kutztown, Hershey’s Chocolate University, Harrisburg, Amish Country and hit the Canonsburg, 4th of July parade. We dropped our car off in Pittsburgh even though we didn’t want to leave.

So, for a warm up to Weekend with Wright, our friends at Wikipedia have been working overtime compiling a year-by-year list of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural portfolio. Glancing over the list I didn’t see any projects out of order. Wikipedia rocks on this piece of consumer convenient research.

Images by Phyllis Shess, July 5, 2011. Gift store at Fallingwater. Bring comfortable shoes because the house is about a mile from the visitor center (check in area).

Blog author, who didn’t wear comfortable shoes, relaxes at Inne at Watson’s Choice Bed & Breakfast after touring Fallingwater.

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