FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S HOUSE ON KENTUCK KNOB, A National Historic Landmark, located 6 mi. n. of US 40 at 723 Kentuck Rd. (Chalk Hill-Ohiopyle Rd.), was designed for Bernardine and I.N. Hagan in 1953 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Designed on a hexagonal module, Kentuck Knob is a, one story Usonian house. Both dramatic and serene, the house, situated just below the crest of the hill, appears almost part of the mountain itself and stands 2,050 feet above sea level.
Kentuck Knob’s construction materials of native sandstone and tidewater red cypress blend naturally with the surroundings. The fully functional kitchen is the architectural core of the home. Its walls of stone not only anchor the two wings of the house but they also rise to penetrate the horizontal line of the copper roof. An open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs, and great expanses of glass effortlessly integrate the inside with the outside. Stretching to the east, just beyond the back terrace, is a breathtaking panorama of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the beautiful Laurel Highlands mountains that surround it.
Kentuck Knob warmly welcomes visitors from all parts of the world. The beautiful grounds include woodland trails with contemporary sculptures and impressive views. A former greenhouse now serves as a visitor center. A guided 40-minute tour takes visitors around the exterior and through the interior of the home. The 90-minute in-depth tour shows visitors into secondary spaces of the home and highlights some of the collections on display. For the Woodland Walk pass, visitors explore the grounds and sculptures, providing views of the exterior of the house.
Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum. Hours: Guided tours are given Thurs.-Tues. 9-4:30, Wed. noon-4:30, Mar.-Oct.; Thurs.-Tues. 9-3, Wed. noon-3, in Nov.; Sat.-Sun. 10-3, in Dec. (also Dec. 26-31). In-depth tours are offered daily. Last Woodland Walk 1 hour before closing. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas, January and February. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Cost: $25; $18 (ages 6-18). In-depth tour $65. Woodland walk $15. Ages 0-5 are not permitted. Reservations are strongly recommended for guided tours and in-depth tours. Kentuck Knob is located just 6 miles from Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater.
"No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other." Frank Lloyd Wright
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