Fallingwater

Fallingwater 1491 Mill Run Rd

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Fallingwater

Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, Fallingwater is a must-hit spot when exploring Pittsburgh. Situated in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, the home pays homage to its gorgeous green surroundings. The structure is built into the landscape, partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Allegheny Mountains.

"Life List of 28 places to visit before you die." - Smithsonian

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966, the house was designed to be a weekend home for the Kaufmann family, integral players in the Pittsburgh business world and owners of Kaufmann's Department Store. The family used it from 1937 until 1963, when Edgar Kaufmann Jr. donated the property to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

"[Wright] understood that people were creatures of nature, hence an architecture which conformed to nature would conform to what was basic in people. For example, although all of Falling Water [sic] is opened by broad bands of windows, people inside are sheltered as in a deep cave, secure in the sense of the hill behind them." —Edgar Kaufmann Jr.

The design literally thrusts visitors into the beautiful Pennsylvania landscape, to pay tribute to its surroundings. The building also houses the Fallingwater Café, which offers visitors the perfect place to experience the surroundings. Its local coffee and house-made food are inspired by the regional culinary history of southwest Pennsylvania.

Although the public is not allowed to bring drones, see some fascinating, aerial views of this architectural landmark in the video below:

Tours of Fallingwater Tips

Fallingwater offers a variety of tours at various price points, from landscape hikes to guided house tours to brunch tours, sunset tours with a reception, a tour of the Kaufman family's collection of fine and decorative art, and more! All require advance reservations to be guaranteed a tour, and photography is only allowed on specific tours. Fallingwater tours run from March 9 through December 31, except Wednesdays and major holidays. Be sure to bring your walking shoes. There is a substantial amount of walking to the home and climbing staircases once inside it, with no place to sit down during a tour. Children and infants under six years of age are not permitted on any tours, and other details apply. Check out Fallingwater's tours by tapping on the button below. Advance tickets may be purchased online or call 724-329-8501.

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"Best all-time work of American architecture" - American Institute of Architects

Cover image credit: By Daderot - Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29163818

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