Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob

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The cafe outside the visitor center

     We are really lucky in Western, PA, not only are things pretty close together (Laurel Caverns and Kentuck Knob are only 20 min apart) but we have 2 Frank Lloyd Wright homes close by. Fallingwater is one of the houses and the other is Kentuck Knob. I have been to Fallingwater once or twice but never been to Kentuck Knob.

     Kentuck Knob was orginially built for the Hagan family, of Hagan's ice cream fame. They were friends of the Kaufmann's who owned Fallingwater and decided that they wanted their own Usonian home of Wright's design. You get alot of cool information on the tour such as the home was actually doubled what the original design was at the Hagan's request and he was 86 at the time that he designed it.

Frank Lloyd Wright never saw the finished design, he was too busy to come back, and once the Hagan's realized he wasnt' coming back they did little changes to the house such as saw a cubby hole in one of the rooms as storage for the Christmas decorations.  Evidently, Mr. Wright did not like you messing with his design and did not hesitate to tell you about it. The Hagan family lived in the home for around 30 years and in 1986 Lord Peter Palumbo from London was visiting Fallingwater and fell in love with it. He asked the tour guide if there were any other Wright properties around and the guide told him Kentuck Knob was for sale and bought it. The family lived in the home when they were in the area but Lord Palumbo decided to open the house to the public in 1996. He has also added a sculpture garden to the property which has really cool things from all over but mostly England, Ireland, and Scotland.

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The cafe outside the visitor center
The cafe outside the visitor center
The path to the sculpture garden
The path to the sculpture garden
The welcome sculpture
The welcome sculpture
The Red Army sculpture
The Red Army sculpture
Theres something very LOTR about …
There's something very LOTR about…
A piece of the Berlin Wall
A piece of the Berlin Wall
The driveway
The driveway
The front of Kentuck Knob
The front of Kentuck Knob
The patio
The patio
The backside of the house
The backside of the house
The porch
The porch
The skylight
The skylight
and reflection
and reflection
The view from the house
The view from the house
The wind chimes
The wind chimes
Around the house
Around the house
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photo by: Aditu