Tom Papinchak has found the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright inspiring ever since he was a child, when his parents took him often to visit Fallingwater. He has followed that dream to Polymath Park in Donegal, a large, wooded setting for two homes designed by a Wright apprentice, which Tom purchased a few years ago. Now, with a $243,000 loan from The Progress Fund, a Wright home rescued from destruction will join the Park. The Duncan House should become a distinctive draw for the famous designer’s many devotees and other enthusiastic visitors.
Thanks to The Progress Fund’s help, another part of the national Wright legacy will find a productive home once again. Opening the Duncan House in Westmoreland County for overnight guests and offering tours, meeting space, and outdoor recreation opportunities should make this part of Pennsylvania an even greater mecca for admirers of the architect and his accomplishments. The Duncan House project will also create eight full-time jobs over the next three years, from marketing posts to employment in organizing and overseeing the tour groups.
Tom Papinchak has made his living as a multi-faceted entrepreneur. But bringing the Duncan House to Pennsylvania, and bringing the structure back to life, is clearly a dream come true for Tom. It should be a dream come true for Westmoreland County as well. In planting a piece of art in local soil, Tom has ensured that the tourism industry will grow over the next few years.