Monday, January 7, 2013

Fallingwater: The Most Famous House in America

Fallingwater is often called the most famous private house in America.  Designed by the famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, it exemplifies a style which makes maximum use of its setting. Built over a waterfall in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, it is simply spectacular.

Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939 as a mountain home for the Kaufmann family, the owners of a Pittsburgh department store. From the very beginning it was recognized as an architectural gem. It appeared on a Time Magazine cover in1938. In addition to designing the house itself, Wright also designed much of the furniture as well. 

The Kaufmann family used Fallingwater until 1963, when it was donated to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which conducts tours of the home and surrounding grounds. We recently toured the house and even in winter, with snow everywhere, it was truly a marvel not to be missed.  Reservations are required. A small gift shop is also on the grounds.

For more information about hours, ticket prices and directions, visit the Fallingwater website at

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