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Easy Escapes: Picks for Pennsylvania Art

You can admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater—then sleep in another of his masterpieces. Photograph of FallingWater by Robert P. Ruschak, courtesy of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Living Wright

Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright can do more than admire his architecture in Pennsylvania’s leafy Laurel Highlands. Along with touring Fallingwater—Wright’s masterpiece, cantilevered above a waterfall—and Kentuck Knob, another fine example of his design, visitors to the region can stay overnight in yet another Wright home, the Duncan House in Polymath Park Resort, 17 miles from Fallingwater.

An example of the Usonian homes Wright meant for families of modest means, Duncan House is small in scale but incorporates many of his trademarks: wood, stone, and glass; oblique angles; a dramatic vaulted-ceiling living room; and a terrace flowing into the landscape of trees and boulders. The house, designed in 1957, was moved from a Chicago suburb to save it from destruction. It opened to the public for tours and overnights in 2007.

Lodging is also available in two 1960s Usonian-style Polymath homes designed by a Wright apprentice, Peter Berndtson. The 125-acre Polymath Park Resort also includes an attractive Wright-inspired restaurant, Tree Tops.

Duncan House, Acme, Pa.; 877-833-7829; sleeps six; rates begin at $399 for three guests, $50 each additional person; reserve in advance. Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pa.; 724-329-8501; reservations required. Kentuck Knob, Chalk Hill, Pa.; 724-329-1901; reservations required.

A City’s New Artful Ways

Visitors to Lancaster can see pieces in the Allen Miller Arts Gallery. Photograph courtesy of Elizabeth Todd Lambert, LancasterARTS.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has emerged as a vibrant arts scene. Visionaries have been transforming rowhouses, warehouses, and factories into galleries, studios, and living space for artists.

More than 100 galleries, museums, and other arts venues are sprinkled throughout the city. A good concentration can be found on Gallery Row along Prince Street, such as the artist-owned Julia Swartz Gallery. To download a map of neighborhood art walks, go to

Artful restaurants are cropping up, too. John J. Jeffries serves organic fare sourced from area farms. Pour, a new restaurant and wine bar, uses local purveyors for its cured meats and cheeses.

Do as Lady Gaga’s entourage did when she was in town and stay at the Lancaster Arts Hotel, a 19th-century tobacco warehouse reimagined as a funky, art-filled hotel with 63 loft-like rooms. Rates start at $165.

This article appears in the April 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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