In Search of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright‘s legacy, that is the 500 completed works he designed throughout his career, has elevated this incredible architect into a unique status among American designers.  Throughout his career, Wright was a master builder, a rebel to the design dogma of his day, and above all a worshiper of nature.  This is reflected in virtually all of his work and is the driving reason his creations remain so topical 50+ years after his death.

Join us as we explore the many facets of this incredible icon of the 20th century.  You will have a chance to learn about the man and his buildings by visiting some of his more famous creations including the Edgar Kaufmann country house, FALLINGWATER.  This particular example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work is considered to be the “best all time work by an American architect” by the AIA (The American Institute of Architects).

Your 5 day sojourn will also take you to many more of Frank Lloyd Wright’s incredible accomplishments:  the newly re-opened Darwin D. Martin House, also considered to be one of Wright’s greatest works; the Isabel Martin House or GRAYCLIFF, with its sweeping views of Lake Eerie; KENTUCK KNOB, one of the last homes completed by Wright, and the Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort.

Included in the 5 day 4 night package is 4 night’s accommodation; breakfast daily; 2 dinners; 2 lunches; tours of all the Frank Lloyd Wright facilities visited, and the services of a Travac Tours manager.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

We will depart Ottawa early this morning for Buffalo.  Our route will take us along the St Lawrence through Toronto.  Our first stop will be at the Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo.  It was here that Frank Lloyd Wright broke the box of memorial architectural tradition in the building of the Blue Sky Mausoleum.  His design here fully manifests the principal of organic architecture, connecting the earth, sky, and lives both past and present.

Day 2

This morning our first visit will be to the Darwin Martin House for an in-depth tour.  Considered to be one of Wright’s greatest works, this Prairie-Style home was constructed between 1903 and 1908 and completely renovated in 2011.  From the Darwin Martin House, we will continue south to Donegal, Pennsylvania for our overnight stop.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today (B,L,D).

Day 3

It will be an early start this morning as we make our way to Fallingwater for an incredible in-depth tour of this facility.  Partially built over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains, it has been hailed as Wright’s “most beautiful job” and named by the AIA as the “best all time work of American architecture- the most important building of the 20th century- both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings.”  Lunch will be at your own expense.  After lunch we will depart for Kentuck Knob.  Kentuck Knob was one of the last homes to be completed by Wright- when at the age of 86 he was also hard at work on the Guggenheim Museum in New York.  At this point in his career, he said he could “shake it out of his sleeve at will.”  What a masterpiece he created- such a sense of beauty, comfort, serenity, and harmony in this house and all of its surroundings.

Later in the afternoon we’ll make our way to Polymath for a visit to The Duncan House, followed by dinner.  The Duncan House is an ideal example of Wright’s Usonian design.  This prefabricated home was built in a Chicago suburb and recently moved to Acme, PA.  The home was taken apart and moved to the grounds of the Polymath Park Resort, a non-profit Usonian Preservation corporation.  (B,D)

Day 4

This morning we will depart for a short tour of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania before making our way back to Buffalo.  Once in Buffalo, we will examine some of the architectural gems that were built in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s when the city was one of the most important “trade cities” in the United States.  Our tour will also include a stop at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, known for its contemporary collection.  (B)

Day 5

Our first stop this morning will be at Graycliff.  The Graycliff Estate was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1926-31 for Isabelle R. Martin, wife of industrialist Darwin Martin.  From Graycliff we will go to the Fontana Boathouse.  Designed in 1905 for the University of Wisconsin as a working boathouse, but never built, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Rowing Boathouse was one of Wright’s most prized designs.  After an included box lunch, we will make our way back to Ottawa.  Expect to arrive in Ottawa around 9:30pm.

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