Architecture Tour of the USA with Malcolm Carver

14
Nights
2018
Oct 9
From
$8,390
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, entries
Definite
Departure

This guided tour, led by Sydney Architect Malcolm Carver, provides a unique opportunity for architects and others interested in visiting the great modern and contemporary buildings of the 20th and 21st century in the USA. The tour includes the most outstanding top ten Frank Lloyd Wright buildings of our previous tours. Whilst Wright was a powerful influence on the Twentieth Century and its architecture, we parallel the study of Wright with major projects of 10 significant contemporary architects designated by the American Institute of Architects.

They include Richard Meier, Eero Saarinen, Philip Johnson, Mies van der Rohe, Steven Holl, Santiago Calatrava, Norman Foster and Frank Gehry. All of whom have won either the AIA Gold Medal or are Pritzker Architecture Prize Winners or both. We will therefore visit the very best of the best with the absolute highlights being Fallingwater, both Taliesin and Taliesin West, Johnson Wax Factory and Guggenheim Museum, all by Wright and more, then Fortaleza Hall by Foster, Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, Glass House by Johnson and Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava. These destinations have considerable wow factors each day, seeing is believing, but we actually see much more of the great cities with many more gems too long to list. It’s the journey that’s fun and sharing it with like-minded people who all appreciate the outstanding architecture.

A professional development opportunity. Limit of 32 participants, so book early.

Visiting Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Columbus, Fallingwater, New York

Tour highlights

  • A sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • 1889-1909 Home & Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright
  • A tour of the area surrounding the Home & Studio which contains the world’s largest concentration of Wright-designed structures
  • The 1904 Unity Temple
  • Wright’s 1906 Robie House
  • Wright’s exquisite 1936 S C Johnson Administration Building
  • The 1936 H J Johnson house that nestles in 16 hectares on Wind Point
  • Santiago Calatrava’s 2001 Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Wright’s 1911 Taliesin residence
  • Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House
  • Wright’s 1954 Samara House
  • Eero Saarinen’s delightful 1957 Miller House
  • Wright’s 1935 Fallingwater
  • Philip Johnson’s iconic 1949 Glass House in New Canaan
  • Wright’s 1956 Guggenheim Museum
  • Travel by boat out to the famous Statue of Liberty - We will have a chance to climb the statue
  • Farewell dinner at Sardi’s New York
Architecture Tour of Ithe USA with Malcolm Carver Map

Includes

  • Internal flights in the USA as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities throughout the tour. Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Buffet or continental breakfasts in USA
  • Welcome drinks in Chicago
  • Half-day orientation tours of Chicago and New York
  • Entry to builings, museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
  • A farewell dinner on Monday 22 October 2018
  • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
  • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber
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Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver (RAIA RIBA AWI) is an architect and former principal of Scott Carver Architects, a highly successful Sydney-based practice, which has won numerous awards for its work, including the RAIA National Environment Award. Scott Carver have been working with Jorn Utzon’s son, Jan Utzon in the restoration and new works at the Sydney Opera House over the past 5 years. Over the past 40 years, Malcolm has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His passion for architecture is matched by a keen interest in sketching and painting, and he has had solo exhibitions of his work. His sketches appear online at www.carverstudio.com

Read an Interview with Malcolm Carver

Jim Webber

Jim Webber was deputy secretary of Planning and Heritage in Victoria’s Department of Planning and Development, from 1993 to 1996. He then became a planning and transport consultant and was responsible for planning and urban design at Melbourne Docklands from 1997 to 1999. He was also involved in planning advisory committees for Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games. He has organised and managed 20 overseas tours for Travelrite, fourteen architecture tours and six tours for developers and town planners.

The following comments were from participants on our 2015 and 2016 Europe tours:

  • We saw so many treasures, and had such a good time- thanks to Jim and Malcolm. It always feels such a privilege to see these magical buildings.
  • We saw many wonderful things
  • The tour itinerary was brilliant, lots of provocative buildings and landscaping. I just feel so lucky to have seen such stimulating buildings.
  • Excellent tour manager- great research and planning.
  • The tour leaders were great (our 4th tour). We enjoy all aspects of the tour and we are able to feel comfortable on all of our trips. It’s a lot of fun as well as educational. I see and get so many benefits from this life experience.
  • Grateful for opportunity to see buildings not otherwise accessible.
  • Great itinerary.
Day 1
Tuesday 9 October 2018

Chicago

We depart Australia, arriving in Chicago in the afternoon. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel followed by welcome drinks in our hotel.

Day 2
Wednesday 10 October 2018

Chicago

This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chicago with a local guide. Chicago is the third largest city in the USA. During our tour we will travel down the Magnificent Mile, a part of Michigan Avenue where exclusive shops line the wide boulevard. We see the Fourth Presbyterian Church, built in the Gothic Revival style and the 100 storey-high, John Hancock Centre. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Art Institute, a River Cruise, Millennium Park and many other attractions.

Day 3
Thursday 11 October 2018

Chicago

1889-1909 Home & Studio. Wright constructed the house for himself and his family while working for the Chicago firm of Adler and Sullivan. It is the oldest extant building attributed wholly to Wright. This will be followed by a tour of the area surrounding the Home & Studio which contains the world’s largest concentration of Wright-designed structures, followed by a visit to the 1904 Unity Temple, the ‘first significant American architectural statement in poured concrete’. We finish the day by visiting Wright’s 1906 Robie House which is considered his masterpiece of the Prairie Style.

Day 4
Friday 12 October 2018

Milwaukee

This morning we depart Chicago for Milwaukee. On route we visit Wright’s exquisite 1936 S C Johnson Administration Building (often termed the Johnson Wax Building) in Racine. The ‘great workroom’ has been called one of Wright’s ‘most astonishing places’. We can now visit the recently-opened Research Tower, Wright’s first cantilevered high rise structure. In the afternoon we visit Wright’s Wingspread, the 1936 H J Johnson house that nestles in 16 hectares on Wind Point, a peninsula on the western shore of Lake Michigan near Racine. The house in now used as a conference centre and the visit is subject to there being no conferences on this day.

Day 5
Saturday 13 October 2018

Madison

Firstly, we visit Santiago Calatrava’s 2001 Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum – Calatrava’s buildings located over the lake reflects his early training in structural engineering and study of skeletal forms in fine art. This art museum is a triumph with striking shapes reaching above the gallery making iconic forms on the skyline. The wings of the brise soleil can move and, when open, the structure appears, from the city side, to be a giant gull about to take flight above the lake. Subject to the agreement of the private owner, we then visit Wright’s delightful Jacobs1 house in Madison. We then move through the Wisconsin countryside to Spring Green to visit Wright’s 1911 Taliesin residence, later the summer home of the Taliesin Fellowship. Taliesin, which rests on the brow of a hill overlooking the Wisconsin River, has been described as Wright’s autobiography in wood and stone.

Day 6
Sunday 14 October 2018

Gary

We travel by coach to Plano to visit Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House, one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture.

Day 7
Monday 15 October 2018

Columbus

In the morning we travel to West Lafayette to visit Wright’s 1954 Samara House (also known as the John E. Christian House) – a pristine example of Wright’s Usonian architecture. Upon arrival in Columbus we visit Zaherako’s Ice Cream Parlour, a wonderful olde world experience.

Day 8
Tuesday 16 September 2018

Columbus

This morning we visit Eero Saarinen’s delightful 1957 Miller House for a tour of the house and 5 hectare garden. The house is one of the most significant examples of modern domestic architecture in the world. Our afternoon visit is the 1964 North Christian Church Columbus, also by Saarinen.

Day 9
Wednesday 17 October 2018

Pittsburgh

Today we travel by coach from Columbus to Pittsburgh through Indiana and Pennsylvania arriving mid afternoon. The evening will be free to explore Pittsburgh.

Day 10
Thursday 18 October 2018

Pittsburgh

An early start by coach takes us to Bear Run to see one of the tour highlights, Wright’s 1935 Fallingwater, which was built as a weekend retreat for Edgar J Kaufmann. The house, considered Wright’s masterwork, is his greatest expression of organic architecture – the union of the structure and the land upon which it was built. We then tour Wright’s nearby 1956 Kentuck Knob, before returning to Pittsburgh.

Day 11
Friday 19 October 2018

New York

We fly to New York in the morning. In the afternoon we visit Philip Johnson’s iconic 1949 Glass House in New Canaan – iconic because of its innovative use of materials and its seamless integration into the landscape.

Day 12
Saturday 20 October 2018

New York

We start the day with an orientation bus tour of the city. In the afternoon we visit the Chrysler building lobby, followed by Wright’s 1956 Guggenheim Museum, described as one of the great architectural spaces of the 20th century.

Day 13
Sunday 21 October 2018

New York

A free day to explore the sights of New York. including the Empire State Building, Wall Street, Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, Times Square and the many art museums and galleries.

Day 14
Monday 22 October 2018

New York

This morning we travel by boat out to the famous Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French to American people in 1886 and engineered by Gustave Eiffel, it has been the symbol of the freedom of the USA to immigrants for over 100 years. We will have a chance to climb the statue. We then travel to historic Ellis Island where half the population of the US entered the United States for the first time. We will see the route that new immigrants took through the processing room, medical appraisal room and entry room. This evening enjoy an included farewell dinner at Sardi’s.

Day 15
Tuesday 23 October 2018

Depart

A free morning before we fly back to Australia in the evening.

 

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TOUR

PHOENIX AND LOS ANGELES

Day 1
Tuesday 23 October 2018

Phoenix

We fly to Phoenix in the morning. Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel and the afternoon will be free.

Day 2
Wednesday 24 October 2018

Phoenix

We begin with a visit to Wright’s First Christian Church, followed by Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Wright’s winter home and school and now home to the Taliesin Fellowship, for the comprehensive ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour. Taliesin reads as part of the surrounding desert and mountain landscape.

Day 3
Thursday 25 October 2018

Los Angeles

We fly to Los Angeles in the morning. We then visit Frank Gehry’s 2003 Walt Disney Concert Hall – the project was completed after the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain The similarity of curved titanium clad, free form roof and walls, makes a striking vista in its downtown LA context. The concert hall seats 2,265 people and the acoustics have been highly acclaimed by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. We follow this with a visit to Meier’s Getty Museum, described as one of the great architectural spaces of the 20th century.

Day 4
Friday 26 October 2018

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has numerous modernist houses, many of which are privately owned, located in tight difficult terrain. Our day will include several ‘Case Study’ houses, the 1949 Eames House in Pacific Palisades, Pierre Koenig’s 1960 Stahl House, Richard Neutra’s 1932 VDL Research and 1949 Reunion Houses and Rudolph Schindler’s 1922 House. Whilst interior visits may be precluded at the time the brochure was prepared (such as to Wright’s Ennis Brown House), we hope they become available during 2018.

Day 5
Saturday 27 October 2018

Los Angeles

This morning we have a tour of the houses of the stars in Hollywood followed by a visit to Wright’s recently-restored Hollyhock House.

Day 6
Sunday 28 October 2018

Depart

A free morning before we fly back to Australia in the evening.

Twin Fare Single Fare
$8,390 $10,490

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

    • Internal flights in the USA as listed in the itinerary
    • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
    • Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities throughout the tour. Hotel taxes and service charges
    • Buffet or continental breakfasts in USA
    • Welcome drinks in Chicago
    • Half-day orientation tours of Chicago and New York
    • Entry to builings, museums and attractions as detailed in the itinerary
    • A farewell dinner on Monday 22 October 2018
    • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
    • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber

    NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

    • Passport and visa fees
    • Travel insurance
    • Meals and drinks unless specified in the itinerary
    • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
    • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary will be quoted for separately

    The extension tour price

    per person twin-share $ 2695
    Single supplement $ 1100

    INCLUDED IN THE EXTENSION PRICE:

    • Internal flights in the USA as listed in the itinerary
    • I Accommodation in first-class and moderate first-class, centrally located hotels with private facilities
    • I Breakfast daily
    • I Entrances as per the itinerary

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

    Tour Operator

    Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

    Deposit and Payment

    A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a confirmation advice will be posted to the client. A further deposit of $1500 is due by 9 April 2018. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3% for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

    Cancellation Charges

    Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
    Over 120 days $1000 per person
    120 days or less $2500 per person
    60 Days or less 100% of full fare

    Changes

    After confirmation of travel arrangements, one change to travel arrangements will be provided free of charge. Subsequent changes to travel arrangements will incur a fee of $75 for each change.

    Refunds

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    Travel Documents

    another passport please check with Travelrite International. ESTA visas will be required for the USA

    Baggage

    All passengers qualify for 1 piece free baggage allowance.

    Travel Insurance

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    Minimum Tour Numbers

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