The mention of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the Johnstown, PA region will, more often than not, immediately bring to mind Fallingwater, the masterpiece located near Ohiopyle that exemplifies creating a structure that is one with its natural surroundings. Another dwelling designed by Mr. Wright can be found in near proximity. Known as Kentuck Knob, this home employs a less ostentatious approach to design, but succeeds in being an architectural gem in its own right.
Built in 1956, the home was commissioned by Bernardine and I.N. Hagan and features cantilevered ceilings, extensive woodwork and a focus on blurring the line between indoors and out.
The home was purchased from the Hagan family in 1986 by Lord Polumbo of London, England, who then opened the building for public tours in 1996. Within the walls of the house, visitors will find displayed a collection of Lord Polumbo’s museum-quality artifacts, consisting primarily of furniture and sculpture.
Art-lovers take note: the creative works on display at Kentuck Knob extend far beyond the structure and the collections held therein. Below the home, in the lower portion of the 80-acre woodland property, lies the sculpture garden—an outdoor gallery of contemporary art featuring the work of a variety of artists.
Kentuck Knob is open to the public for guided tours from March through December of each year. For pricing, tour options and more, visit http://www.kentuckknob.com or call (724) 329-1901.
Kentuck Knob is located at 723 Kentuck Road, Dunbar, PA 15431 (click here for a map).