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Kentuck Knob - Chalk Hill, PA


Copyright Robert P. Ruschak & Kentuck Knob. Used with permission.
Copyright Robert P. Ruschak & Kentuck Knob. Used with permission.

Kentuck Knob, the "Child of Fallingwater"

Ten miles southwest of the famous Fallingwater, along a winding mountain road, is a second residence designed by pre-eminent architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Kentuck Knob, blending impeccably with its surroundings, is a superb example of Wright's organic architecture. Commissioned in 1953 and completed in 1956 for the Hagan family of Uniontown, Pennsylvania (of Hagan Ice Cream fame), Kentuck Knob represents the realization of Wright's achievement during his 70-year career.

Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, is based upon the Usonian model, typically a single, compact floor plan based upon a modular grid system. In this case the module is an equilateral triangle and is constructed of native stone, tidewater cypress and copper. Interesting features include the use of radiant heat in the concrete floors, a 'workspace' rather than a kitchen and a flat gable roof. The house stands out for its quality, pristine condition and harmonious connection to the rural mountain site on which it stands.

The beautiful interior of Kentuck Knob, at once expansive and intimate, is the setting for the notable collection of historic artifacts and post-WWII sculpture of its current owners, Great Britain's Lord and Lady Palumbo, who are dedicated patrons of the arts both at home and abroad. Spectacular views and beautiful landscaping also combine to make Kentuck Knob well worth the visit.

Kentuck Knob Tours:

Situated on a mountainside in the rural Kentuck District of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Kentuck Knob is located just seven miles from Fallingwater on Kentuck Road (Chalk Hill - Ohiopyle Road) off of U.S. Route 40 (the National Road).

Multiple tour options are available from April - November:

Standard Tour
approximately 30 minutes (allow 2 hours total to visit)
Children must be at least 6 years of age
Reservations are highly recommended
Adults: $20
Children (6-12): $14
Daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. except Wednesdays

In-Depth Tour
approximately 1 hour
Children must be at least 9 years of age
Advance ticket purchase is required
$55, plus a $2 per ticket convenience fee
Daily, 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., except Wednesdays

Group Tours
2 - 2 1/2 hours
Call for rates and details

Additional tours, including a Sunset Tour, a Sculpture Garden Tour, an Exclusive Brunch Tour, and Private Tours are also available.

The above rates and times are subject to change. Please call (724) 329-1901 or visit the Web site for the most current rates and information.

Kentuck Knob
723 Kentuck Road
Chalk Hill, PA 15421

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