Fayette County has many examples of architecture at its finest
representing several distinct styles and periods. Without doubt,
our most famous example is Fallingwater,
Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of American architecture located
at Mill Run, PA. Located only several miles from Fallingwater is
another Wright designed home known as Kentuck
Knob. Both of these magnificent works of art are available for
At the turn of the 20th century, a great deal of wealth was concentrated
in the area because of the great deposits of high grade bituminous
coal that were being mined, convered into coke, and shipped to Pittsburgh
for the steel industry. With that wealth came oppulence.
Although much of the architectural grandeur has been lost to the
past, many fine examples still exist. Millionare J.V. Thompson commisioned
his mansion at Oak Hill,
currently owned by Byzantine Catholic Order of Sisters of St. Basil
where the mansion is used as a retreat. Limited touring is possible.
The ostentatious Linden
Hall also was a product of the coal and coke era. Sarah Cochran
paid some $2 million in 1913 for Linden Hall's construction. It
is currently owned by the United Steel Workers. Tours are available
throughout the year.
During its heyday of the National Road in the 19th century, inns,
hostels, taverns, a service industry, and and retail trade spawned
to serve the many who traveled the road. Although most structures
of the era are a distant memory, the area has preserved a number
of structures of the period. Notable among them are Washington's
In 1802 pioneer ironmaster Isaac Meason built a premier example
of an English Palladian villa, now known as the Meason
House. Although privately owned, special arrangements for view
are sometimes possible.