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Monday, September 19, 2011

Kentuck Knob, PA

Kentuck Knob was a "red square" point of interest in my atlas and on my route, so I figured I'd go there for a great view of the river valley from atop the mountain. Little did I know...
 that in addition to the view is another Frank Lloyd Wright house, just a few miles from Fallingwater! Well, probably fans of FLW would have known, but I had never heard of it.
In 1953, I.N. Hagan and his wife purchased 80 acres in the mountains above Uniontown, PA, where their families had lived for generations.
 After visiting their friends' home, the Kaufmann's Fallingwater, they telephoned Frank Lloyd Wright and asked if he would design a house for them.
 At 86, and hard at work on the Guggenheim Museum in NY, Wright said he could "shake it out of his sleeve at will," never setting foot on the site, except for a short visit during construction.
 This was one of the last homes completed by Wright. 
 This picture shows skylights over the patio areas.
The light post was also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Current owner, British Lord Peter Palumbo, purchased the property in 1986 and added a large collection of artifacts and post WWII sculpture throughout the wooded setting.
British circa 1926 K2 Telephone Kiosk by the Visitor Center. The mushroom-shaped stones are called Staddle Stones.
What the Staddle Stones were used for. For those of us who might be tempted, we are kindly requested to refrain from sitting on them.
There was a pond behind this turtle sculpture.
 This round "room" was built of fieldstone.
 And this floodstone cairn was built of field boulders.
 This is one of two sections of the Berlin Wall on the property.
 Not sure what this wooden sculpture represents, 
but this fungus was creating its own art sculpture under the bottom piece.
Called "The Witch's Hat," this was the uppermost part of a London building, built in 1870. When the building was torn down, this portion was carefully dismantled, parts numbered, and shipped to the US, where it was reassembled.
These are K6 British telephone kiosks, made in 1935.
A british Postal Box, circa 1902.
If you had lived in the early 20th century in Paris, you might have seen one of these on the streets.
It's called a "pissoire."
Just in case you think I'm making this up...
The Red Army
From flower to fan.
A bird house village.
After all that, I didn't get very far driving today. But I did have a short white-knuckled...
 uphill and downhill,
 along the ridge,
 very curvy,
but also very scenic,
ride over the mountains into the panhandle of West Virginia.
 Motorcyclists would love it like the Tail of the Dragon, but don't think I'll recommend it to my RVing friends with big rigs.

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