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Must Visit Places: Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater House in Southwest Pennsylvania

December 23, 2011 by

Even if your not a design addicted this house is a must seen the Fallingwater house by the genies  American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Southwest Pennsylvania.

Nothing you have read or learned about Fallingwater can compare to the experience of visiting in person. The Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its best.

Tours at Fallingwater discuss the house and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, and the integration of the house with its beautiful natural landscape. All tours through Fallingwater are guided tours led by professional interpreters.

Some information: Designed for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, construction of the house began in 1936. The key to the setting of the house is the waterfall over which it is built. Historically, the falls were a focal point of the Kaufmanns’ activities and the family indicated to Wright their desire to locate their weekend house near them. Much to their surprise, Wright designed the house to rise above the waterfall, rather than face it. The Kaufmanns adopted Wright’s original scheme with few changes. Perhaps better than any single work, Fallingwater exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Completed with a guest and service wing in 1939, Fallingwater was constructed of sandstone quarried on the property and was built by local craftsmen. The stone serves to separate reinforced concrete trays dramatically cantilevered over the stream. Fallingwater was the weekend home of the Kaufmann family from 1937 until 1963, when the house, its contents and grounds were entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann, jr. Fallingwater is the only major Wright work to come into the public domain with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact.



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