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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  • We truly enjoyed the tours of three houses, two by Wright and one by one of his acolytes. The guides were informative and engaging, the houses well maintained, and the access was perfect. We had a.....  more »
  • Having the opportunity to stay the night in a Frank Lloyd Wright House was awesome! Getting to tour 3 others on the same property was a dream come true. The homes were decorated in period style and...  more »
  • An exceptional experience. We had no idea what to expect, but seeing these homes and the preservation efforts put into it were simply amazing. To top it off, having a guide who is very passionate about what he's speaking about made the experience that much better. Very rarely do you come across someone who actually enjoys his work. We loved it, and hope to return!
  • We had a wonderful tour guide! So knowledgeable about the houses. They should extend the tour for 90 minutes to include all 4..

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