TicklePlease 51F  
3291 posts
11/1/2018 5:51 am

Just a few pictures to share from my trip to western Pennsylvania to see Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob two weeks ago. Both homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater in 1935 and Kentuck Knob in 1953.

No interior photography is allowed during the tours so I had to grab one off the net

The detail work of the skylights and clerestory windows at Kentuck Knob is incredible!

Another net grab

On the drive home!

Because I never stay home for long, the NC mountains last week!

maybejustrex4 52M  
2595 posts
11/1/2018 6:04 am

Beautiful as always. Clearly I am slacking in the clerestory adornment department but you have lit a fire under my ass with this one!

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:26 am:
Don't tell anyone but I was secretly glad to hear the docent say the word "clerestory" out loud since I wasn't 100% sure of the pronunciation and was just too damn lazy to look it up.

sexysixties2 71F  
38175 posts
11/1/2018 6:09 am

Absolutely fabulous places but I am a bit worried about the crazy paving interior flooring in both.....I think I would find it a tad worrying!!

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TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:26 am:
I'm not sure if I'd like that stone paver floor either, tho in the Kentuck Knob house it was a radiant heat floor and THAT I could totally get behind!!!

CynicusMaximus 47M
1724 posts
11/1/2018 6:16 am

Wow... that staircase!

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:27 am:
Watch that last step!

iwant2learnit 48M  
451 posts
11/1/2018 6:42 am

Beautiful houses, but that scenery from your drive home was the real highlight for me. Pretty disappointing foliage changes this year so far in Delaware, only a handful of trees are in full fall colors.

Kentucky Knob... Knob... Hehehehe

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TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:30 am:
I know right?!? I was noticing as I was on 95 yesterday morning tho, how it's getting pretty bright... maybe in a few days (unless it rains and ruins it) we'll have that perfect leaf day.

I'm right there with you at the childish table, my girlfriend and I snickered about that every time we passed a sign for yet another "knob" on the way!

mc_justmc 59M  
4669 posts
11/1/2018 6:45 am

Geezus! I didn't see one dirty sock or candy wrapper in any of those pics! That would be heaven. The house is pretty nice, too! Love those balconies.

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:31 am:
That's how you know the pics were staged! Too clean!

(then again, when you travel with a handful of "servants" everywhere you go, things better be clean!)

notsure1949 70M
8285 posts
11/1/2018 6:45 am

falling water was in need of repair, it had a design problem, did see another of his houses in the Chicago area

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 7:33 am:
He was quite a prolific designer and so late in his life too! He was in his mid-80s when he designed Kentuck Knob!

Fallingwater had a section of roof with sandbags holding a tarp down, I'd imagine the flat roof continues to be a huge headache.

2947 posts
11/1/2018 9:43 am

    Quoting notsure1949:
    falling water was in need of repair, it had a design problem, did see another of his houses in the Chicago area
Thanks for your comment.

I was going to ask TicklePlease if the tour guide mentioned anything about upkeep and preservation.

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 2:09 pm:
They gloss over that part... no mention was made of any of the repairs other than the leaking roof issues which they downplayed as common on any flat roofed home. Gotta keep those tourists coming!

smartasswoman 61F  
30709 posts
11/1/2018 10:11 am

I was going to ask about upkeep too, but I see it addressed in other comments. I've heard that some of FLW's designs, while beautiful, haven't exactly stood the test of time; and putting a home on top of a waterfall seems particularly problematic!

I have mixed feelings about the furniture in his homes - visually stunning but it doesn't exactly look comfortable!

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 2:12 pm:
At the prices they charge to tour it, I'd imagine their upkeep/repair budget is pretty healthy. I've also heard that he made some decisions that didn't age well and when you consider how old he was when he was designing, it's not surprising he overlooked a few things. The docent at Kentuck Knob mentioned that a local builder discovered a dangerous flaw in the design and while FLW fixed it, he was furious that someone else had noticed it before one of his own people.

I didn't get a picture but the toilets were only 10.5" high!!! That's like preschool size! Maybe they were the precursors to the squatty potty but boy were they funny to see!

26273 posts
11/1/2018 12:54 pm

How lucky you were to be able to see these amazing homes, and thanks for sharing them with us. Frank Lloyd Wright was an absolute genius, and has inspired so many architects who followed him. I wonder how BORING architecture would be, without his huge influence.

Those fall colours are gorgeous. and it inspires me to go for a drive and take some pics myself. I know there is beauty all around. me because I see it every time I drive outside my town - no matter in which direction I head.

I do tend to "take my surroundings for granted" though, and should share it with others more frequently.

Thanks for this post.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 2:14 pm:
You should definitely share your "view" more! I, for one, would love to see that part of the world! I keep saying I've seen the maritime provinces and some of the central parts of Canada, but have yet to see more than Victoria in the West. I bet the colors there are fantastic!

Naughtypursuit 51F  
2012 posts
11/1/2018 12:59 pm

I am curious and will google it...but while he designed the house was he also the craftsman that did the work - because there were definitely some talented people building those houses.

TicklePlease replies on 11/1/2018 2:15 pm:
I think those are the true artists.... the men who could take the drawings and turn them into living art! He didn't even visit the site of Kentuck Knob when he designed it, he just asked for a site elevation map and pictures. He was quite the prima donna!

2947 posts
11/1/2018 3:05 pm

Thanks for clarifying.

TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 4:34 am:

I'm good for overclarification too sometimes lol!

CleavageFan4U 62M  
56811 posts
11/1/2018 5:58 pm

Very cool.

Hard as it may be to believe, we have a FLW house right here in Wichita, and a well preserved one too that is open for visitation.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 4:35 am:
I'm amazed at how many places he designed... and then there's his studio and students, all who claim his name in their designs too! Growing up, we had Florida Southern College in our backyard and they had a few of his buildings there too.

misskissin 55F  
77222 posts
11/1/2018 6:38 pm

These are gorgeous!! I had seen a show about this house on HGTV and it showed how he built it. Thank you for sharing.

TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 4:35 am:
I'll have to look that show up now, thanks!

SeaGirlFL 55F
7952 posts
11/1/2018 7:49 pm

So cool!! What a fun trip...and a gorgeous drive with all those fall colors!

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TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 4:37 am:
The colors were really spectacular, both in western PA and NC as well as in north GA. I was afraid the recent hurricanes would have affected the leaves but there were more than enough left to wow about!

pocogato12 66F  
26845 posts
11/1/2018 10:14 pm

I am a bit behind but this is the second blogger I have read today who went there ??? HMm? Was this Wright;s birthday?

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TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 4:38 am:
Now I'm going to have to comb through the blogs and see who else went!

BiggLala 47F  
25506 posts
11/2/2018 8:13 am

Those are great photos. I wonder if when outside, the waterfall makes a person wanna...go. I'm sure it's serene, but still...

Oh goodness...those relaxing looking.

Glad you enjoyed your trip.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 8:54 am:
It was definitely relaxing, after my walk I needed it.

I think all those negative ions that a waterfall emits counteract the bladder reaction... at least for me they did!

lindoboy100 56M
20224 posts
11/2/2018 9:42 am

Cheeses, I drove right past there two weeks ago but didn't have time to stop by - bad planning!!

He was decades ahead of his time, a true artist and builder of wonderful spaces.......

Wonderful photos McTick, thankyou!

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TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 5:39 pm:
WTF, you were in western Pennsy the same time I was? What are the odds?

Owatalife 62M
1403 posts
11/2/2018 10:55 am

Wow bot of those houses are absolutely stunning, work of a true icon!

TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 5:39 pm:
I was so thrilled to finally see Fallingwater in person... the other was a total bonus!

DonnaChang 49F  
170 posts
11/2/2018 10:55 am

When I visited Polymath Park, we were told by the guide there that Wright really didn't care if the house leaked. His response was always, put a pale under it. Apparently it was expected that his homes all leaked. Can't wait to see Kentuck Knob.

TicklePlease replies on 11/2/2018 5:41 pm:
We'd hoped to see that one too but we just ran out of time... next trip for sure!

Can you imagine being so famous that nobody really cares if your designs leak lol!!

mature_951 57F  
3275 posts
11/3/2018 6:56 am

The greenery and the trees are breathtaking.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/4/2018 7:51 am:
They really were! There was a sunset moment where the entire side of a mountain was rose-colored!

wickedeasy 69F  
32201 posts
11/20/2018 9:17 am

I scanned all your pics. I love trees and adore architectural elements so I had a great time. thinking I might show back up soon so erasing the yellow tide.

hope you are well.

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TicklePlease replies on 11/21/2018 3:58 am:
It's always good to see you M! I'd love for it to be in person one day again soon!!!

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