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Kentuck Knob, Frank Lloyd Wright's House for I.N. and Bernardine Hagan

by Bernardine Hagan

A must have book for Wright fans everywhere.

" thoroughly engaging and perA sonalaccountoftheconstructionof KentuckKnobandtherichlifelived there. Profusely illustrated with a remarkablycompletecompilationof historicphotographsanddocuments including everything from Wright's cancelled checks to what trees were plantedonthesite,itleavesyoucovetingahousebyFrankLloydWright and the chance to experience first hand,thepowerofgooddesign."

Lynda Waggoner, Director, Fallingwater and Vice President, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

AWARD! B. Hagan's book is 2006 IPPY Award Finalist. One of top three books in Architecture Category.

150 b&w photos plus 8 page color section; includes original correspondence; index.

ISBN 0-9711835-5-4, $39.95. Hardcover with dust jacket, 8.5x11.5 in., 220 pages, 14 per carton.

Subject categories include: non-fiction, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright, Western PA.

" . . one of Frank Lloyd Wright's . mostpoeticandbeautifulresidential designs. I continue to be moved by its unique and intrinsic beauty and marvel that the man who remains undisputed as America's greatest architect, in his 86th year, found hismuseonaknobinsouthwestern Pennsylvania and his inspiration in I.N.andBernardineHagan."

Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA President, Taliesin Fellows Public Trustee, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Description:

A Usonian Masterpiece Architect Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA, a former TaliesinFellowandWrightexpert,explainsinhis forewordthatthisparticularhouseatthistimein Wright'scareerwasanunusuallyfinesuccess,preoccupied as Wright was with large institutional projects such as the Guggenheim Museum. The HaganswereabletocaptureWright'spersonalinterestandattention,causingwhatcouldhavebeen aminorexampleofhisUsonianresidentialarchitecturetoresultinamasterpieceofthegenre. Kentuck Knob has been relatively unknown to thegeneralpublic,eventhoughitislocatedwithin afewmilesofFallingwater,themostfamousand importanthouseinAmerica,andalsodesignedby Wright.Stillinprivatehands(althoughnolonger intheHaganfamily),KentuckKnobisnowopen tothepublicanditsfameisspreadingrapidly.PeoplewhovisitbothhousesareawedbyFallingwater, butwanttoliveatKentuckKnob. A Mountain Home Bernardine and I.N. Hagan embarked on the adventureofalifetimeintheearly1950swhenthey engagedFrankLloydWrighttodesignandbuild their house on a mountaintop in southwestern Pennsylvania.TheHaganswerenativesofthearea andwantedapermanentresidence,notaweekend retreat. While Wright provided a great house, it wastheHaganswhomadeitahome.Thisistheir journey,notjustofdesignandconstruction,but alsoofafulllifelivedforoverthirtyyearsonone of the most spectacular sites in the country for a Frank Lloyd Wright house and, quite possibly, Wright'swarmestresidence. 250 Images: Photos, Art, and Documents. Luckilyforthereader,theauthor'shusbandwas anaccomplishedamateurphotographerwhotook thousandsofphotographsofKentuckKnobfrom its beginnings as a denuded hilltop through its transformationintoabeautiful,comfortablehome withmarvelouslylandscapedgrounds.I.N.Hagan alsorecordedthefamily'slifeatKentuckintheir almostthirtyyearsonthemountain,providinga senseofwhatitwasliketoactuallylivethere. Charmingstories,documents,correspondence,a colorphotosection,150blackandwhitephotos, andevenaTaliesinmarmaladerecipedeliveredby oneofWright'sapprenticeswillmakethisafascinatingbookforWrightfanseverywhere.

The Author: BernardineHagan,now100,isalivinglegacy,one ofthefewpeoplestillalivewhoactuallyknewWright.Herfirst-hand accountrevealstheprocessbehindthecreationofanarchitectural masterpieceandtheimportanceofgooddesign.

Mrs. Hagan lives in Uniontown, Pennsylvania not far from her belovedKentuckKnob,andstillenjoysvisitsthere.Sheremainsactive inhelpingtopreserveFrankLloydWright'slegacyintheregion.

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