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Pre-Conclave | Tour to Fallingwater & Kentuck Knob | June 23, 2014


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Arriving in Pittsburgh, PA prior to the start of the official Conclave Theatre Tour?

Join us on Monday, June 23rd for the following:


Fallingwater is the name of a very special house that is built over a waterfall.  Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family.  Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939.  It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark.

Hailed by Time shortly after its completion as Wright’s “most beautiful job” it is listed among Smithsonian’s List of 28 places “to visit before you die.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture” and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.

Learn more about Fallingwater here:


Kentuck Knob

In 1953, Bernardine and I.N. Hagan purchased eighty acres in the mountains above Uniontown in Western Pennsylvania where their families had lived for generations. After falling in love with the home of their friends the Kaufmanns, Fallingwater, they telephoned Frank Lloyd Wright and asked if he would design a house for them. His answer was: “Of course. Come on out.”

At eighty-six, and hard at work on the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and about twelve residential homes, Wright said he could “shake it (Kentuck Knob) out of his sleeve at will” never even setting foot on the site, except for a short visit during the construction phase. This would be one of the last homes completed by Wright.

Learn more about Kentuck Knob here:


Ohiopyle, PA

19,000 square miles of the Laurel highlands make up Ohiopyle State Park.  The focal point of the park is more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge which passes through the park.  The Ohiopyle Falls are located in the borough of Ohiopyle, PA.  We’ll stop for lunch (on your own) and a peek at the falls in the lovely little town of Ohiopyle.

For more about the lunch options in Ohiopyle, click here:

We recommend the Firefly Café or Falls Market Café!



8am                      Depart William Penn Hotel
9:30am                 Arrive at Fallingwater Visitor Center
11:30am               Depart Fallingwater for Ohiopyle, PA
11:45am               Explore Ohiopyle and lunch (on your own)
1:15pm                 Depart Ohiopyle for Kentuck Knob
2pm                       Kentuck Knob Home Tour
3:30pm                 Depart for Pittsburgh, PA
5pm                       Arrive at William Penn Hotel


Image of Fallingwater courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


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