K is for Kentuck Knob, also known as the Hagan House, in Chalk Hill, PA. The Hagans knew the Kaufmann’s, owners of Fallingwater, and decided to commission Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956 to design a house for them, Kentuck Knob. To discover that there was another Frank Lloyd Wright house to visit, in addition to Fallingwater, was like winning a prize.
As wonderful as Fallingwater is, Kentuck Knob is a house that I could imagine living in. One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses, modest, simple, like living on a compact houseboat. The cantilevered overhangs with hexagonal skylights are striking in their toothed texture and leave hexagons of sunlight on the terrace.
On a side note, the house has a carport, a name apparently Frank Lloyd Wright popularized. My grandparents in El Paso, TX, had a carport, which seemed a daring structure, open to the elements. My house in Edmonton, Alberta, had a garage, and we plugged the car in every night to keep the engine warm so it would start on winter mornings.