Thursday, September 24, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob by Donald Hoffmann

Kentuck Knob by Donald HoffmannFrank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob by Donald Hoffmann

Architectural critic Donald Hoffmann shares his insight into Frank Lloyd Wright and the designing of the I. N. and Bernardine Hagan House, affectionately known as Kentuck Knob. Filled with historical and architectural notes, Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob offers a glimpse into Mr. Wright's design aesthetic during the mid-1950s and his Usonian style. Hoffmann often utilizes graphics to show the versatility of the hexagonal modules which form the geometric base of the home.

Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob by Donald Hoffmann is available in stores and online at Amazon and other booksellers.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Venture Outdoors Bike Tour to Stop at Kentuck Knob


Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

Venture Outdoors is hosting the Wright Ride on the Great Allegheny Passage on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

This easy, ten-mile ride takes place in Ohiopyle State Park along the Great Allegheny Passage. A picnic lunch and tour of Kentuck Knob follows. The guided house tour and sculpture meadow exploration is included in Venture Outdoors's activity fee.

Date: Saturday, September 19
Location: Ohiopyle
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $37.00 non-member / $27.00 member / $20.00 kids

(Please note: the children’s rate of $20 is only available to children ages 6-12.)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Kentuck Knob on Pittsburgh G20 Summit Site

An article about Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob is now up on the Pittsburgh G20 Summit website under the Cultural Phenomenon section:

Kentuck Knob_Pittsburgh G20 Press PhotoEntrance to Kentuck Knob as seen through the carport

Photo by Jason Jack Miller

In 1954, Hagan Ice Cream owners I.N. and Bernardine Hagan contacted architect Frank Lloyd Wright via their friend Edgar J. Kauffmann, owner of Kaufmann's Department Stores and the architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. The Hagans wanted a Wright-designed home of their own for 80 acres of timbered farmland on a hilltop which maps referred to as Kentuck Knob, located in the Appalachians. The house, now owned by Lord Peter Palumbo, exemplifies Usonian traits such as horizontal lines and built-in furnishings, while conforming to Mr. Wright's principles of organic architecture through the use of natural materials like Pottsville Sandstone and Tidewater Red Cypress.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Kentuck Knob Sunset Tour

Kentuck Knob_Sunset TourView from Kentuck Knob

Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob will offer Sunset Tours on Saturday, November 14, 2009 and Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

This late afternoon tour is given by senior guides and includes all private spaces in the home. Hors d’oeuvres are served while you relax in the living room. Space is limited to ten guests, but no less than two. The price is $100 per person.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Kentuck Knob Marketing Director Patricia Coyle at or 724/329-1640.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Kentuck Knob's Continuing Education Hours

Pennsylvania teachers can earn free PDE-Approved ACT 48 hours at Kentuck Knob. (We are currently seeking approval for continuing education hours for teachers in Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia.)

6 FREE Teacher Training Session Hours
• guided, personalized tour of the Kentuck Knob house
• guided, personalized tour of our extensive sculpture meadow
• creation of a lesson plan for your classroom from post-tour discussions

Due to the success of our Summer 2009 Educational Outreach Program, Kentuck Knob is happy to offer more teacher training sessions in May - August 2010 on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM:

Other teacher training sessions can be added throughout the year as demand dictates. If you have questions or would like to book a teacher training session, please contact Educational Marketing Director Heidi Ruby Miller at for details.

Kentuck Knob_Heidi and Valerie teacher Valerie Cortis and Kentuck Knob Educational Marketing Director Heidi Ruby Miller