Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort:
Preserving Yesterday’s Architecture & Creating Tomorrow’s Memories with Lodging, Tours & Events ACME, PA – For those seeking to experience an overnight stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright house, Polymath Park Resort in Acme, PA is a Usonian utopia. The Duncan House, which opened to guests in June 2007, has been a dream come true for many Wright followers, particularly those traveling long distances to visit Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater, located less than 20 miles away. A second house on the property also proves to be popular with those who appreciate the beauty of organic architecture. The Balter House, designed by Wright apprentice Peter Berndtson, is strongly influenced by Wright’s organic philosophies and has been described by guests as “a magical treehouse.” The Blum House, another Berndtson home circa 1965, offers individual rooms by the night. In November 2008 Polymath Park took another large step in creating an exciting and exclusive Laurel Highlands’ destination. Tree Tops Restaurant opened under the direction of Executive Chef Mark Henry to the delight of travelers and locals alike. The restaurant offers “fine dining enriched with nature” specializing in unique cuisine with a focus on fresh ingredients and organic menu options. The Wright-influenced facility has been meticulously renovated with natural materials including hand-crafted mahogany trim and exclusively designed hand-crafted Wrightinspired chairs. Hours of operation are 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sundays. Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. A lounge will open in July 2009. Public Tours are offered at Polymath Park Resort on Sundays at noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The 1.5-hour Polymath Park Resort Tour includes the Blum, Balter and Duncan houses. Combine your tour with brunch or dinner at Tree Tops Restaurant and save with a special combo-rate. Tours: $22 pp; Brunch Tours are $37 pp. and Tour/Dinners are $55 pp. Polymath Park Resort also is available for corporate and private events. The Duncan House boasts the Boulder Room, a meeting and banquet facility in the lower level of the house. Larger events can be held under tent in the Meadow. The Resort also hosts several special events each year.
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Upcoming events include: • Saturday, July 4 th Red Wright & Blues Celebration from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. with Polymath Park Tours, a fabulous southern-style barbeque buffet catered by Tree Tops Restaurant, and live blues/rock entertainment. Free Admission. Buffet $25; Tours $20; Tours & Buffet $40. • Sunday, July 19 th 4 p.m. Polymath Park Resort 2 nd Anni-
The Duncan House in Acme, PA
versary Celebration “Meet the Masters” Tour & Dinner – In-depth Polymath Park Resort Tour with exclusive reconstruction stories and video footage hosted by Master Builder & Usonian Preservation Inc. CEO Thomas Papinchak and Resort Executive Director Laura Argen-
Fireplace at Balter House. bright. Executive Chef Mark F. Henry will host the Private Gourmet Dinner. $125.00 pp. • Sunday, Aug. 23 rd 4 p.m. Polymath Park Resort Walking Tour & Lakeside Picnic catered by Tree Tops Restaurant with Acoustic Entertainment $40. pp
• Saturday, Dec. 5 th 4 p.m. Holiday Bliss Progressive Dinner featuring a four-course meal served between Polymath Park’s three houses and Tree Tops Restaurant. Guests travel by horse-drawn wagon and are treated to carolers and holiday entertainment at each stop. $115. pp. The Duncan House was rebuilt at Polymath Park after having been saved by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 2004. Designed by Wright as a modest but modern Usonian meant for the middle-class, it was originally built in 1957 for Donald and Elizabeth Duncan. Upon the settling of Duncan’s estate, the home was saved, dismantled, stored and moved in four tractor trailers to Western PA. After two years in storage, the Duncan House found its new residence at Polymath Park, where it joined two homes that were built on the property in the mid-sixties and designed by the late Peter Berndtson, a Pittsburgh architect and Wright apprentice. Together, the three fabulously-designed organic homes are privately nestled at the base of the Laurel Highlands, situated among 125 gorgeous wooded acres that make up the architectural Mecca now known as Polymath Park Resort. The primary focus of Polymath Park Resort is to provide an inspiring lodging atmosphere in which guests can experience for themselves the organic vision of these two great architects. Combined with a visit to Wright’s nearby Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, a stay at Polymath Park completes a wonderful architectural journey. Rates range from $175 per night for a room in the Blum House to $425 per night for the entire Duncan House. A two-night minimum applies to stays in the Balter and Duncan houses, but the Blum House is available with a onenight stay. Due to the lodging schedule, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort is only open to the public for tours on Sundays. Group tours (more than 20 guests) can be scheduled throughout the week with advance reservations based on availability. Reservations for tours and events should be made in advance by phone at 877-833-7829 or by email to events@polymath park.com.More information regarding events or lodging can be found at www.polymathpark.com.
Springs Farmers Market
Saturdays through Sept 12 8 am - 1 pm A wide selection of fresh produce, home baked goods (fresh donuts made Saturday mornings!), quilts, antiques, plants, tools, etc. www.springspa.org Route 669 Springs, PA
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