The Wright Way - Frank Lloyd Wright Designs

The Wright Way - Frank Lloyd Wright Designs

Join as we take a look at the designs in Pennsylvania and New York of one of the world's great architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.


Join as we take a look at the designs in Pennsylvania and New York of one of the world's great architects, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania


Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Duncan House has had a remarkable journey. Built in 1957, the home was saved and dismantled from its original location in Lisle, IL and in 2007 relocated to Polymath Park Resort. The Duncan House is complimented by two other Usonian-style homes that were designed for the original 1960’s vision of Polymath Park by Wright’s apprentice, Peter Berndtson. After many months of complex craftsmanship from the proprietor and his micro-construction crew, the home reemerges as a stellar example of Wright’s Usonian designs and the culmination of his magnificent career. Tour Fallingwater, a house built between 1936 and 1939 over a waterfall. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. It instantly became famous and today it is a National Historic Landmark. Then tour Kentuck Knob. In 1953, Bernardine and I.N. Hagan purchased eighty acres in the mountains above Uniontown in Western Pennsylvania where their families had lived for generations. After falling in love with the home of their friends the Kaufmanns, Fallingwater, they telephoned Frank Lloyd Wright and asked if he would design a house for them. His answer was: “Of course. Come on out.” At 86, and hard at work on the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and about twelve residential homes, Wright said he could “shake it (Kentuck Knob) out of his sleeve at will” never even setting foot on the site, except for a short visit during the construction phase. This would be one of the last homes completed by Wright.


Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, New York


Next to Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois, no area can lay claim to as many works by Frank Lloyd Wright as Buffalo, New York. From the sprawling Darwin Martin House to the Larkin Building, from gas stations to boat houses, the numerous examples of the architect's work in and around the city made a deep impression on the landscape. But Graycliff, a summer retreat on the shores of Lake Erie that he designed in the late '20s, may be a telling example of the landscape making an impression on him. Better known by its official name, which references its perch overlooking Lake Erie, the narrow home integrates native materials and boasts a light-filled interior; it's telling Wright named it 'the Natural House" also known as Graycliff. At the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum, you will see antique vehicles, historic artifacts which visually display the rich transportation history of Western new York. See the impressive collection of automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles, Pierce-Arrow artifacts and even the 1927 Buffalo Filling Station that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s six-structure Darwin Martin House complex located in the historic Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Martin House is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie Houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Wright himself referred to the Martin House complex as “the opus” and kept the site plan pinned to his drawing table for close to fifty years. In his pioneering concent for Blue Sky Mausoleum, Frank Lloyd Wright "broke the box" of memorial architecture tradition. His design fully manifests his principle of "organic" architecture. The structure is integrated into the landscape, and its granite echoes the stone of nearby monuments. The blue sky is its ceiling, and living greens gently suggest its walls. The edifice overlooks a peaceful pond. In this serene setting, visitors feel the eternal connections between earth and sky, and lives present and past.


I Love Lucy


While Lucille Ball may not have been a famous architect, she is known as the the First Lady of Comedy. We’ll see Jamestown, NY through the eyes of Lucy. A step-on guide will take us to places of significance to Lucille Ball. You will see the house that she was born in, the house where she grew up, the cemetery where she and her family are at rest, and much more. Then we’ll be taken back to the filming of “I Love Lucy.” Devoted to the “I Love Lucy” TV series, inside the Desilu Studios you’ll find complete re-creations of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s New York City apartment and the Hollywood hotel suite. You’ll also find an interactive Vitameatavegamin set, a screening area, original scripts and showcases filled with vintage memorabilia as well as costumes that were worn on the show. Then we will enjoy the beautiful atmosphere in the recreation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous Manhattan night Club, The Tropicana. Enjoy a delicious dinner while watching an episode of “I Love Lucy.” After that a local comedian will perform keeping us laughing for days.

Tara - A Country Inn


Tara - A Country Inn stands as an imposing landmark in Western Pennsylvania. Purchased by Jim and Donna Winner in 1984, lots of love in restoring Tara has taken place. The Winners have also displayed their private collections including a vast array of Gone With the Wind memorabilia, one of the largest Civil War weapons collections in the country, dozens of Frederick Remington bronzes, antique furniture including President Buchanan’s dining room table and much more. A fantastic dinner is included at Tara - A Country Inn.

Day 1

- Overnight and Welcome dinner in Canfield, OH


Day 2

- Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Polymath Park’s Featuring the Duncan House
- Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater
- Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob
- Overnight at the beautiful Ramada Ligonier
- 1950’s Sock Hop Dinner with Entertainment

B, D

Day 3

- Sightseeing tour of Jamestown, NY - Lucille Ball’s Hometown
- Tour the Lucy Desi Museum
- Tour the Desilu Studios
- Dinner in the Tropicana Room, the re-creation of Ricky Ricardo’s famous nightclub
- Watch an episode of I Love Lucy while you dine
- After dinner, enjoy some comedy entertainment

B, D

Day 4

- Travel to the Buffalo, NY area
- Tour Graycliff
- Tour Our Lady of Victory Basilica
- Tour Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens
- Tour Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum
- Check-in to the Adams Mark Hotel with Dinner Included

B, D

Day 5

- Tour Darwin Martin House Complex which includes the Barton House
- Driving tour of other Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the area
- Tour Forest Lawn Cemetery with the FLW designed Blue Sky Mausoleum
- Visit the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
- Tour Fontana Boathouse
- Dinner at the Buffalo Yacht Club

B, D

Day 6

- River Cruise - learn about Buffalo’s rich grain history and is the world’s producer of Cheerios!
- Tour of Tara A Country Inn
- Dinner at Tara A Country Inn
- Overnight in Youngstown, OH

B, D

Day 7

- Return Home with inspirational memories of your Frank Lloyd Wright inspired journey


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Hotel Accommodations

Day One - Hampton Inn, Canfield, OH

Day Two - Historic Ramada Inn, Ligonier, PA

Day Three - Best Western Plus, Jamestown, NY Day

Four - Five - Adams Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY

Day Six - Hampton Inn, Youngstown, OH



Driver and Tour Director gratuities are not included and are at the passengers discretion.


This tour will have a higher level of walking and stairs due to the designs of the homes. 


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