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A view of the house and the Bear Run cascade "All pictures taken with permission of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy”
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1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464
Hours vary by season, check website before visiting. House is closed Jan. & Feb.
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A masterpiece in all respects, created in 1937 by one of America’s greatest architects, Fallingwater embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s technical skill, stylistic creativity and artistic vision. The house was immediately recognized as a marvel and within a generation had become a museum. Visiting Fallingwater affords a rare opportunity to see a Wright house that is essentially unchanged from its initial construction and furnishings.
Fallingwater was contracted by Edgar Kaufmann Sr., an affluent owner of a retail chain. The home was built on a rural weekend retreat that the Kaufmann family used to escape the pollution of Pittsburgh. The Kaufmanns admired a small waterfall on the property called Bear Run and asked Wright to design the house with this feature in mind. Rather than placing the house nearby the falls, Wright sited it directly over the falls. This decision and other key features, such as cantilevered terraces, locally quarried rock, low ceilings and ample glass fulfilled Wright’s goal to blend open space, light, water and nature. The result is a house that is serene, contemporary, inviting, secluded, elegant and bold.
Most people take the one hour house tour, though more expensive and in-depth tours are offered. Aside from additional rooms and discussion, the longer tours also permit photography inside the home. With two hours, you can take the basic tour and have time to walk the grounds or go to the café. There also are rotating exhibits, such as on Wright and Kaufmann at the visitor center. It’s best to make reservations because the tours often sell out. Even if you are not excited by architecture, visiting this premier American house and seeing Wright’s artistry is a compelling experience.
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10/2/2012 11:08:06 PM
10/3/2012 7:09:16 AM
This scene was really impressive in the fall. If I go back there one day I think I will take a more extensive house tour. It's very impressive.
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