Triangle Modernist Houses Hosts FLW Fallingwater Tour

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece.

Pennsylvania Architecture Tour features Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous “Fallingwater,” “Kentuck Knob,” and more.

July 19, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – What special house is on many people’s “bucket list”?

Celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright is an American icon and his “Fallingwater” in Mill Run, PA, is a masterpiece of residential architecture.  On Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th, Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) will take 26 people to Fallingwater, plus Kentuck Knob, a nearby house also designed by Wright, and the Abrams house by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Robert Venturi.

Fallingwater was originally commissioned for the Kaufmann family in Pittsburgh. The tour will include a special “Sunset Tour” with a private wine and cheese reception on the house’s famous bridge overlooking the waterfall (weather permitting).

“This house is simply incredible. Nothing from a book or video prepares you for the experience of visiting it in person,” says George Smart, who first made the pilgrimage in 2007.  “I came back with my design sensibilities shifted and with renewed priorities with my wife for starting a new Modernist house of our own.”

TMH will visit Wright’s Kentuck Knob house and sculpture garden, still privately owned, plus the Betty and Irving Abrams house designed by Robert Venturi with interior design by Noel Jeffrey. In the Abrams house, no walls separate the home’s kitchen, living room, bars and dining room, all of which are visible as soon as you enter the first floor. The home’s most dramatic feature is a floor-to-ceiling window shaped like a ship’s wheel and divided into eight sections.

Tickets will include round-trip direct air to Pittsburgh, wi-fi equipped bus transportation while there, catered lunches, overnight hotel accommodations, and tour admissions.  Architects receive self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.

The TMH Fallingwater Tour marks the third major out-of-state modernist architecture trip organized and hosted by George Smart, TMH founder and Board Chair. Previous tours included New York City and Washington, D.C.

For all details on the TMH Fallingwater Tour, including schedule and pricing, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/flw.htm.  At the time of this release, there were only 12 places left.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com.

About Triangle Modernist Houses

Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) is a 501C3 nonprofit established in 2007 to restoring and growing modernist architecture in the Triangle. The award-winning website, now the largest educational and historical archive for modernist residential design in America, continues to catalog, preserve, and advocate for North Carolina modernism.  TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours raise awareness and help preserve these “works of art” for future generations. Visit the website at www.trianglemodernisthouses.com. TMH also has an active community on Facebook.

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