Preservation Series: Introduction

Kentuck Knob

Preservation Series: Introduction

We all must, and do, look to the future – it holds the joy of new possibilities and the fascination of the unknown. However, I believe that John Steinbeck said it best in his classic American novel The Grapes of Wrath: “How will we know it’s us without our past?”

History is an integral part in our individual and collective history as citizens of this world. Whether ancient or recent, famous or unknown, the preservation of historic properties is vital to our future. The Hagan’s, with their commission in 1953, incited the creation of one such important property.

Kentuck Knob, a National Historic Landmark since 2000, sits nestled inside a hill in the Laurel Highlands as a true example of Wright’s organic architecture. The home, made of sandstone and tidewater red cypress, is as solid as the rock it is made of. A well deserved nod to both the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright and the skill of the local contractors and laborers is due, as the home requires only regular maintenance. Last year we re-pointed the front steps and repaired a section of the roof and this year we have several projects in store.

This preservation series has a simple goal – to educate Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts, students and all else about the preservation efforts on this beautiful home and the art on its grounds. Above all, it aims to inspire readers not to dismiss an old building but see it for its beauty, its history, and its possibility.

Emily Butler

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