Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Large areas of Cumberland Island were deeded to the National Parks Foundation by members or heirs of the Carnegie family in 1971. Other lands in private ownership were purchased with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation and Congress, and in 1972 Cumberland Island was designated a national seashore. A small number of property owners still… Continue reading Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Culture, Travels

Glass House in the Woods

Perhaps the second most famous private residence in the United States, after Falling Water, the Glass House was designed and built by Philip Johnson in 1948-49 to serve as his summer house. Over the next half century, Johnson would add both land and buildings to the estate which eventually became his primary resident, passing peacefully during the… Continue reading Glass House in the Woods


The Wright Houses – Unity Temple

Seated at the busy intersection of Lake St and N. Kenilworth Ave, Unity Temple is considered by many as the first modern building in the world. In great contrast to the stone churches being at time with a central nave and bell-tower, Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his own Unitarian congregation a boxy Prairie School style… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Unity Temple


The Wright Houses – Oak Park Neighborhood

The history of Oak Park begins in 1835, when Joseph Kettlestrings, an immigrant from England, purchased 172 acres of land just west of Chicago for a farm. More farmers and settlers had entered the area which was known at that time by several names, including Oak Ridge - so named as an actual ridge passes through the village. The… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Oak Park Neighborhood


The Wright Houses – Oak Park Home & Studio

I call 2017 my year of Wright for in November I had the opportunity to head out to Chicago to where it all began - 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, Illinois. Frank Lloyd Wright purchased the property and built the home in 1889 with a $5,000 loan from his employer Louis Sullivan. It was to be… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Oak Park Home & Studio


The Wright Houses – Polymath Park

I capped off my weekend Wright trip last April with a stop at Polymath Park, a half-hour drive from Fallingwater. It had snowed the night before and snow still glisten from the tree tops. Driving through the Allegheny Mountains felt like entering upon an enchanted winter wonderland. Little wonder the rich and powerful of Pittsburgh… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Polymath Park


The Wright Houses – Kentuck Knob

Cushioned into the mountainside of the Chestnut Ridge at 2,050 feet above sea level, Kentuck Knob is barely visible from view. It was one of the last Frank Lloyd Wright houses ever constructed. Wright was 86 when I.N. and Bernardine Hagan, friends of the Kaufmanns, approached him to design for them a luxury Usonian house in 1953… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Kentuck Knob


The Wright Houses – Fallingwater

When  Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. and his wife Liliane commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 to design a summer house on their sixty-acre woodland retreat in the Allegheny Mountains 70 miles south of Pittsburgh, little did they know the result - Fallingwater - would be an architectural masterpiece, a work of art unlike anything that… Continue reading The Wright Houses – Fallingwater