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Travel By Design: Wright in Pennsylvania

See Wright sites like you’ve never seen them before!


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Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13

The Martin House is heading to the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to enjoy exclusive, behind-the-scenes experiences at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Kentuck Knob, and Fallingwater. This type of access doesn’t come along often – take advantage while you can!

Our trip will kick off at the Carnegie Museum of Art, a nationally and internationally recognized institute for its distinguished collection of American and European works from the 16th century to the present. The museum also houses the Heinz Architectural Center, where we will receive a guided tour by Raymund Ryan, the curator-at-large. A three-course lunch at the renowned Carnegie Café will follow.

The next day, we will tour Kentuck Knob, a dramatic and serene Wright-designed hexagonal home built just below the crest of a hill. We will enjoy an al fresco lunch, which will offer breathtaking autumn views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the Laurel Highlands.

Our carefully curated adventures continue at Fallingwater, the Wright-designed house that rises above the waterfall over which it is built. We will enjoy a gorgeous after hours sunset tour, which includes spaces not on other tours and interior photography is permitted. Following this exclusive tour, we will enjoy an elegant three-course dinner at The Barn at Fallingwater, an 1807 “bank barn” built into a hillside. Senior Director of Preservation and Collections, Scott Perkins, will join us for this special dining experience, where questions are encouraged. Dinners are rarely offered on-site, so this is an amazing opportunity for Wright aficionados!

Our accommodations throughout the trip will be the beautiful Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Designed by renowned architects Benno Janssen, and Franklin Abbott, the hotel was the last building venture of Henry Clay Frick, one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest industrialists, and completed at a cost of $6 million. Omni William Penn Hotel is also a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, which is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures.

Here is a more detailed itinerary of the daily activities:

Friday, October 11

Group will convene at agreed upon location at 6:45am to board the bus to Pennsylvania.

By 11:15am, we will arrive at the Carnegie Museum of Art, where we will enjoy a delicious private lunch at The Café Carnegie. The entire café will be reserved for our group.

Following lunch, we will explore the museum’s Heinz Architectural Center, a space to examine issues pertaining to the built environment. We will receive a guided tour of the featured Exhibition will be: City of Rooms by Raymund Ryan, exhibit organizer and curator-at-large.

At 4:45pm, we will arrive at the Omni Penn Hotel. After check-in, the group can enjoy some independent exploring time and dinner in one of the fabulous hotel options or nearby restaurants in downtown Pittsburgh.

Saturday, October 12

We will begin our day at Kentuck Knob, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home for Bernardine and I.N. Hagan. Tours will take place from 11:30am-1:15pm and include the interior and exterior of Kentuck Knob, providing an insight into one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most unique Usonian homes.

Immediately following the tour, our group will enjoy an al fresco on-site lunch at 1:30pm for breathtaking autumn views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the Laurel Highlands.

We will then head to Fallingwater for a 3pm arrival. Our group will explore the grounds and shop until a special sunset tour, after regular hours. This guided tour will cover secondary spaces not available on standard tours. Interior photographs will be permitted on this exclusive opportunity.

Immediately following the tours, our group will be shuttled to The Barn at Fallingwater for a 6pm private, three-course dinner and presentation, and time for questions, with Scott Perkins, Senior Director of Preservation and Collections.

We will depart for the hotel at 8pm.

Sunday, October 13

We will start our journey back to Buffalo at 9am.

Cost includes hotel, motor coach travel for the duration of the trip, all tours and museum entrance, lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and dinner on Saturday.

Double occupancy, per person: $1,150 / $1,050 member rate

Single occupancy, per person: $1,600 / $1,500 member rate

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Please Review the Terms and Conditions


Payments are due in full at the time of reservation. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Melinda Rudinski at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House by emailing

Cancellations and Refunds:

Cancellations must be made directly to Melinda Rudinski at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House by emailing or calling 716.856.3858 x212. All cancellations are subject to a minimum fee of $50.

  • Refund Policy
    • Prior to July 1: full refund minus $50 administrative fee
    • After August 1: 100% non-refundable

Medical Considerations:

This tour involves significant walking and requires participants to be in good physical condition. You must be able to walk, without assistance, a minimum of one mile over uneven terrain and climb stairs that may not have handrails.

Limits on Responsibilities:

All services and arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services related to the tour have been made by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House (MH) only as a representative of the participant. Therefore, the MH should not be held liable for any damages, expenses, or other financial losses to a person or property arising out of injury, cancellation, delay, or alteration from any act of negligence by the hotel, bus, restaurant, or company rendering services during the tour. The MH reserves the right to pass on to any participants expenditures, additional expenses, or losses caused by delays or events beyond its control. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver that will agree to waive, release, and hold harmless the MH, the owners, operators, members, officers, directors, trustees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all claims, injuries, causes of action, demands, costs, liability, and/or harm of any kind acquired against each of them as a result of your participation in this event. This release shall not be effective if the claim or injury is the result of the sole negligence of the named entity. Should actual enrollments significantly fall below the minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added.

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