Edgar J. Kaufmann Residence “Fallingwater” (1935), Bear Run, Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
Constructed for Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., in 1935, Fallingwater is considered by some to be the most famous non-royal private home in the history of the world. Fallingwater is one of the seventeen buildings designated by the American Institute of Architects to be retained as an example of Wright’s architectural contribution to American culture. The house, its contents and its surrounding nature reserve were presented to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. in 1963. The only remaining great Wright house with its setting, original furnishings, and art work intact, Fallingwater is open to the public for guided tours during most of the year.
“Fallingwater is a great blessing — one of the great blessings to be experienced here on earth. I think nothing yet ever equaled the coordination, sympathetic expression of the great principle of repose where forest and stream and rock and all the elements of structure are combined so quietly that really you listen not to any noise whatsoever athough the music of the stream is there. But you listen to Fallingwater the way you listen to the quiet of the country.” — Frank Lloyd Wright
“It has served well as a house, yet has always been more than that, a work of art beyond any ordinary measure of excellence. Itself an ever-flowing source of exhilaration, it is set on the waterfall of Bear Run, spouting nature’s endless energy and grace. House and site together form the very image of man’s desire to be at one with nature, equal and wedded to nature.” — Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.
Location: halfway between the villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle on PA Route 381, about 2 hours southeast of Pittsburgh
Tours: grounds & exterior or in-depth tour that includes interior; admission fee
William Allin Storrer, The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (1995), #230.
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright Field Guide (2005), pp. 447-449.
Lynda S. Waggoner, Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Romance with Nature (1996), pp. 9-17.