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.

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