THE EXPERIENCE OF VISITING
A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob is very different from going to his more famous Fallingwater.
Fallingwater is the extroverted older sibling with 5,000 Facebook friends and multiple daily Instagram posts. Large and tall with splashing water sounds. A full parking lot with loads of visitors and museum staff. An enormous structure with giant cream-colored cantilevers.
Kentuck Knob is the introvert who prefers to hide behind her kindle. A much smaller hexagonal house tucking itself into the mountainside, like an animal’s den. The roof is low with a downward slope. I found myself squinting as I looked at the house, as though I wasn’t sure I was seeing it.
The current owners (Peter and Hayat Palumbo) rescued the house in the mid-1980’s. Soon after, they opened it to the public and still have personal items in the house, as they stay from time-to-time. It was delightfully surprising and felt very special to be welcomed into their home amongst their things. Continue reading