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Kentuck Knob

Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob

Some 2,000 feet above sea level in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania, Frank Lloyd Wright's Kentuck Knob stands as an eloquent testimony to the genius of this American architect. Both dramatic and serene, the home, situated just below the crest of the hill, appears almost part of the mountain itself. To the east, just steps beyond the back terrace, stretches a breathtaking panorama of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the mountains that surround it.

Kentuck Knob represents a refinement of the many principles of organic architecture explored by Mr. Wright throughout his long career. Designed in 1953 for the I.N. Hagan family of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Kentuck Knob was constructed by local craftsmen whose skills earned the confidence of Mr. Wright himself. The interior, at once expansive and intimate, reflects the presence of current owners, the Lord and Lady Palumbo of London, England, who are dedicated patrons of the arts both at home and abroad. Lord Palumbo served as chairmen of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1989 to 1994 and sits in the House of Lords, the Upper Chamber of the British Parliament.

Kentuck Knob
The home is built on a hexagonal grid, and is constructed entirely of tidewater red cypress and native fieldstone. The truly functional kitchen is the architectural core of the home. Its walls of stone not only anchor the two wings of the house but also rise to penetrate the horizontal line of the copper roof. An open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs and great expanses of glass artfully integrate the outdoor and indoor spaces. A sculpture park has been integrated with the woodlands and informal gardens surrounding the house, providing an additional attraction for the visitor.

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