NCMH Announces October Trip To Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece, “Fallingwater”

FallingwaterXSA popular annual pilgrimage that includes FLW’s Kentuck Knob and Usonian houses

Nonprofit preservation group North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) has announced its seventh annual pilgrimage to Fallingwater, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential masterpiece in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

NCMH is a non-profit organization based in Durham, NC, and dedicated to archiving, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. Since 2010, NCMH founder and director George Smart has organized annual trips to Fallingwater, the most famous Modernist house in America. One past participant declared the trip “a Modernist adventure of the highest order.” Another called it “a lifetime experience.”

About Fallingwater: Wright designed Fallingwater as a vacation house for the Kaufman family of Pittburgh. It was built between 1936 and 1939 over a 30-foot waterfall. The house doesn’t seem to stand on solid ground but instead stretches out over the waterfall. In 1938, Fallingwater captured the nation’s imagination when it appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Today it is a National Historic Landmark.

A few miles away from Fallingwater, the NCMH group will also tour Kentuck Knob, a house Wright designed in the last decade of his life that features a celebrated sculpture garden. And in nearby Polymath Park, the group will tour Wright’s 1957 “Usonian” Duncan House as well as two Usonian-inspired houses. “Usonian” was Wright’s concept of practical, functional, affordable housing for middle-class families that would redefine how people thought of their living spaces.

Tickets for this year’s Fallingwater pilgrimage include:

  • The American Airlines flight direct from RDU to Pittsburgh and return flight
  • Wi-Fi equipped ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodations (double and single occupancy)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinner Saturday night
  • Guided tours of Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and the three houses in Polymath Park.

The journey will begin when the group gathers at RDU at 9:30 a.m., October 1, for the 11 a.m. flight to Pittsburgh. The return flight will leave Pittsburgh at 6:10 p.m. October 2.

Tickets for the Fallingwater trip sell out quickly, so Smart urges anyone interested to purchase his or her ticket soon. Architects can receive self-reported CEU hours if they make arrangements in advance with the AIA.

For see ticket prices, to purchase tickets, and for more details on this year’s trip go to

For more information on NCMH, visit

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. This year, the American Institute of Architects awarded NCMH founder and director George Smart its Collaborative Achievement Award for his work with NCMH. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations. For more information: Find NCMH on FacebookFollow NCMH on Twitter and Instagram.

Triangle Modernist Houses Launches Second Frank Lloyd Wright Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's world-famous Fallingwater house, commission by the Kaufman family.

Architecture fans’ weekend trip includes Wrights’ Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob

January 25, 2011 (DURHAM, NC) – Responding to demand to repeat last year’s Frank Lloyd Wright / Fallingwater Architecture Tour, Triangle Modernist Houses and director George Smart have offered another weekend excursion for architecture enthusiasts: a trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous Pennsylvania houses on April 23 and 24.

The tour’s highlight, according to most of the 27 people who participated last year, will be the Sunset Tour and private reception on Fallingwater’s famous Bridge. The Bridge overlooks the waterfall that inspired the name of the house originally commissioned by the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh.

“There is no photograph, or video, or even a 3D model that does Fallingwater justice,” wrote one member of last year’s group at the TMH website. “You just have to be there. It is one of the most incredible places I have ever been. And the special reception they gave for us at sunset was a delightful ending to one of the world’s most storied houses.”

Once again, the tour will visit Wright’s nearby Kentuck Knob house and sculpture garden, which is still privately owned, and Robert Venturi’s dramatic Betty and Irving Abrams house with its ship’s wheel-inspired façade in Pittsburgh.

Tickets include round-trip direct air to Pittsburgh, private 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 Frank Lloyd Wright / Fallingwater Tour marks the sixth Modernist architecture trip organized by Triangle Modernist Houses. Previous tours included New York City, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.

For all details, including schedule and pricing, go to  At the time of this release, there were only nine seats available.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit


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 TMH also has an active community on Facebook.