March 21, 2018 by: Debbie Meritsky and Marc Rotman
Frank Lloyd Wright in the Finger Lakes
“The Tree that Escaped the Crowded Forest”
Known worldwide for his groundbreaking architectural designs, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a prolific designer of stained glass windows and other decorative arts. As avid followers of Wright, we have visited numerous of his buildings and homes all over the country, and always walk away with a growing appreciation of his design sensibilities. Though he was purported to be a real “S.O.B.”, his designs have stood the test of time. See our list below of a few of our favorite Wright places.
It wasn’t until we were approached by the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, OK, (more on this organization in a bit), about donating a package for their live auction in March to help with the annual fundraiser, that we realized there are connections to Frank Lloyd Wright here in the Finger Lakes, and certainly in nearby Buffalo, NY, too. We decided that we wanted to take one of our more popular packages, our Tiffany and Treasures Trail package, which highlights Louis Comfort Tiffany’s legacy here in the region, and features a couple of “hands-on” art experiences with local artists, and transform it into a Frank Lloyd Wright oriented adventure!
Our Frank Lloyd Wright in the Finger Lakes Experience package offers the adventurous guest, two, 90-minute “hands-on” sessions with local artisans during which you will create Wright-inspired pieces in Stained Glass and Pottery to take home to keep you inspired. You will also visit two of the local premier museums, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Johnson Museum of Art on Cornell University’s campus, to see the actual Frank Lloyd windows they have in their collections. The Johnson Museum’s exhibited windows are originally from the renown, Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. If your schedule allows, you can see the windows at the museum and then take an easy day trip to tour the Darwin Martin House. There’s nothing like standing in one of Wright’s interior spaces. You’ll get some other great swag with the package as well.
If you want to take advantage of this great package, you can make your reservation with us directly at stayblacksheepinn.com. Or you can bid on the entire all-inclusive Travel Package that we have donated to Price Tower. In addition to the package, we have also included several night’s accommodations, a Keuka Lake wine tour, and a handmade gift from the Inn to round out our donation to the great cause of maintaining and preserving Price Tower, the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed skyscraper that was ever built. You can learn more about Price Tower, “The Tree that Escaped the Crowded Forest”, at pricetower.org.
I haven’t forgotten about the list of some of our favorite Frank Lloyd Wright spots, so here they are:
· Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA
· Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL
· The Guggenheim, NY, NY
· Oak Park House and Studio, Oak Park, IL
· Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ
We’re sure you’ll find them all inspiring!
Marc and Deb
Innkeepers at the Black Sheep Inn and Spa