Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on November 22, 2023.
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For those who have explored the Pittsburgh region, odds are good you know about the iconic building, Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the Laurel Highlands. It is one of the most stunning houses in the area, and one of the architect's finest works.
But there are actually several spots where you can see buildings designed and inspired by Wright in the Laurel Highlands, as well as a few from a student of his as well!
In this one, we wanted to share all of the spots where you can enjoy some Frank Lloyd Wright tourism fun on an outing (or two) in the Laurel Highlands.
Out of all of the Frank Lloyd Wright works in the Laurel Highlands, none are more stunning than Fallingwater– one of the architect's most acclaimed works. This house is a masterpiece in every sense of the word, and instead of being built with a view of the waterfall it was built on top of it! The waterfall is embraced in many rooms of the house and you'll learn all about these intricacies and more when taking the popular walking tour here.
Fallingwater is located at 1491 Mill Run Road in Mill Run, PA. Reservations are required.
Kentuck Knob is a second Wright house that was constructed in the Laurel Highlands and was built for the Hagan family (of Hagan Ice Cream fame) shortly after Fallingwater was completed. While this one is a bit more of a conventional home and does not feature a waterfall, the design of the property incorporates the views and shape of the hilltop (or knob) that it sits on and offers a different look into Wright's iconic Usonian style.
Kentuck Knob is located at 723 Kentuck Road in Dunbar, PA. Reservations are required.
Polymath Park is an interesting spot in the Laurel Highlands as the two homes original to the property were designed by one of Wright's students, Peter Berndston. This would make for an interesting home tour on its own right, but in recent years the owners of the property have acquired not one, but two additional homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright himself! These houses were dismantled, shipped across country, and rebuilt block by block based on the original design and are now open for tours.
These homes are reflective of the more traditional Usonian design (unlike the highly custom homes above) and round out the look into the house styles you can find in the Laurel Highlands. Even better? These are available to rent for overnight stays too!
Polymath Park is located at 187 Evergreen Lane in Acme, PA. Reservations are required.
Treetops Restaurant can be found on the property of Polymath Park (above), and while not designed by Wright himself, this one is an homage to the architect through and through all with a fine dining menu. The building design, interior decorations, and tall windows that allow nature to come inside are all core tributes to Wright, and the ability to eat here is an added touch for those who are visiting the houses that can be found on the property.
Treetops Restaurant is located at Polymath Park. Reservations are required.
Aqueous at Nemacolin's Falling Rock
Like Treetops, Falling Rock at Nemacolin was not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but is, instead, in honor of him. This luxury boutique hotel can be found on the grounds near the main chateau of Nemacolin and has numerous design touches that are distinctly Wright. These are most vividly seen at the on-site fine dining restaurant, Aqueous, through the built-in furniture, lack of 90-degree angles, and floor to ceiling windows which offers a stunning sunset view over the Laurel Highlands (weather dependent of course).
Just the kind of ambiance we need for a great seafood meal!
Aqueous is located inside Falling Rock on Nemacolin property at 1001 Lafayette Drive in Farmington, PA. Reservations are required.
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