Frank Lloyd Wrights House on Kentuck Knob

Frank Lloyd Wrights House on Kentuck Knob

by Donald Hoffmann
     
 

This is the first thorough guide to the design and history of “Kentuck,” a splendid mountain house in southwestern Pennsylvania designed in 1953-1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Inspired by Fallingwater, the famous house only seven miles away that Wright designed above the waterfalls of Bear Run, local businessman I. N. Hagan and his wife, Bernardine,

Overview

This is the first thorough guide to the design and history of “Kentuck,” a splendid mountain house in southwestern Pennsylvania designed in 1953-1954 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Inspired by Fallingwater, the famous house only seven miles away that Wright designed above the waterfalls of Bear Run, local businessman I. N. Hagan and his wife, Bernardine, commissioned the 86-year-old Wright to design this home.

Kentuck, constructed on an isolated knoll, or knob, is now owned by Lord Palumbo of London and is open for public tours. This vivid account tells the story of how the house came to be, detailing the many complexities faced by the Hagans—from the delights and difficulties in dealing with Wright to the problems with topography and architectual plans. In fulfilling Wright’s vision, the Hagans and their contractor managed to construct a building of great beauty, dignity, and serenity.  More than fifty photographs, drawings, and diagrams accompany a detailed descriptive text to illustrate how the peculiarities of the plan, based on the equilateral triangle, resulted in a house that generates countless vistas, indoors and out, and spatial effects of great charm and intimacy.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentuck Knob brings to life an unusual work of residential architecture. It is the perfect introduction to Kentuck, and for those who have visited there, a lovely reminder of this luminous but modest house.

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“[This book] vividly recounts the story of how the house came to be, detailing the many complexities faced by the Hagans— from the delights and difficulties in with Wright to the problems with topography, architectural plans, and the siting of the mountain retreat.”
Pennsylvania Heritage
Booknews
When he was 86 years old Wright accepted a commission to design a house in Pennsylvania at a location only seven miles away from his famous Fallingwater house. "Kentuck" is now owned by Lord Palumbo of London and is open for public tours. In this small book (7.25x7.25<">), Hoffman, an authority on Wright, details the many complexities involved in building the house (including problems dealing with Wright and unresolved issues in the plans) and discusses important features of the house itself. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822941194
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
05/18/2000
Series:
Regional Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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David Lewis
David Lewis, Carnegie Mellon University

Frank Lloyd Wright’s House on Kentuck Knob is spendidly written; simple, alive and captivating. Donald Hoffmann draws the reader right into the adventure of how Mr. and Mrs Hagan acquired the site and got Wright, by then a quirky octogenarian, to design the building. Clearly the book, with all its illustrations, will be a steady seller for visitors who combine visits to Falling Water and Kentuck Knob.

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