Kentuck Knob

723 Kentuck Road
Chapel Hill, PA 15421 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 724-329-1901

Description

Kentuck Knob (also known as Hagan House) is a historic home in rural Fayette County designed by groundbreaking architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959).

The house was specifically created in 1953 for the founder of Hagan Ice Cream and his wife. Designed on a hexagonal module, Kentuck Knob is a small one story Usonian house. The term "usonian" was coined by Wright and means "affordable for the common people" and is his signature approach.

Kentuck Knobís construction materials of native sandstone and tidewater red cypress blend naturally with the surroundings. The truly functional kitchen is the architectural core of the home. Its walls of stone not only anchor the two wings of the house but they also rise to penetrate the horizontal line of the copper roof.

An open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs and great expanses of glass effortlessly integrate the inside with the outside. Stretching to the east, just beyond the back terrace, is a breathtaking panorama of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the beautiful Laurel Highlands mountains that surround it.

In 1986, British property developer, art collector and architecture Lord Peter Palumbo purchased Kentuck Knob as a vacation home. He and his wife have filled it with an impressive collection of art and have opened it up for public tours and events.

Hours of operation

Daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking

Free, on-site parking is available.

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