Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort, Acme

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Polymath Park is a 125-acre (0.51 km2) resort 60 miles (97 km) southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania.

The site, near the village of Acme in Westmoreland County, is surrounded by private forest in the Allegheny Mountains and features four architectural landmarks: Frank Lloyd Wright's (1867–1959) Donald C. Duncan House and R. W. Lindholm Residence, and two others by Peter Berndtson (1909–1972), who was one of the original Wright apprentices. The park is near Wright's Fallingwater (23 miles) and Kentuck Knob (29 miles). Duncan House and Lindholm House are the only Wright houses in the area that accommodate overnight visitors.

Berndtson's 1962 master plan for Polymath Park allowed for 24 dwellings, each sited in a circular clearing in the forest. Only two houses, however, were actually built: the Balter House in 1964 and the 1965 Blum House. Duncan House was added to the park in June 2007. Built in 1957 in Lisle, Illinois, for Donald and Elizabeth Duncan, Wright's prefab Usonian was deconstructed in suburban Chicago in 2004 and reassembled in Pennsylvania. Lindholm House, named Mäntylä, was built in 1952 for R. W. Lindholm at Cloquet, Minnesota, and was dismantled in 2016 and rebuilt at Polymath Park in 2018. It opened in April 2019.

Polymath Park is run by the nonprofit Usonian Preservation Corporation. Proceeds from rentals go toward maintenance of the houses and to architectural education programs.
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  • Polymath Park has often been a lesser known attraction in the Laurel Highlands, dwarfed in fame by Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house just a few miles down the road. But in recent years, it has... 
    Polymath Park has often been a lesser known attraction in the Laurel Highlands, dwarfed in fame by Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house just a few miles down the road. But in recent years, it has...  more »
  • Staying in a Frank Lloyd Wright house was a dream come true. Home was amazing, but the service on sight was even more amazing. Office staff and our tour guide made the event more fun. Tree top... 
    Staying in a Frank Lloyd Wright house was a dream come true. Home was amazing, but the service on sight was even more amazing. Office staff and our tour guide made the event more fun. Tree top...  more »
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  • Very knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful scenery and homes. A little bus to take you to each home. The basic tour was an hour long. Small gift shop. Look at the restroom where you check in for tours, the sink is so cool!!!
  • Loved visiting Polymath Park! The Conservancy is doing amazing work in trying to preserve Frank Lloyd Wright's homes. Polymath has two homes, with a third to eventually come, designed by Wright that have been moved to the Park. There's also a third home that was built in the Park that was designed by one of his apprentices. I highly recommend visiting Kentucky Knob or Falling Water before visiting Polymath to have an overall understanding of Wright's and how it evolved over time.

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