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Fallingwater at 75

September 12, 2011 by Reader's Connection

FallingwaterWhy haven´t I visited Fallingwater?

I was a Pennsylvanian for my first thirteen years. But I lived in the state´s southeast corner, just outside Philadelphia; and this stunning house with its incomparable natural setting, acclaimed as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright´s masterpieces, is to the west, an hour and a half from Pittsburgh. That´s my excuse for not getting wind of it as a boy.

But I’ve had plenty of exposure since then. A colleague returned from a visit several years ago, deeply moved by the experience. She brought loads of photographs. And Fallingwater is referenced in a number of works owned by our library or the library at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The newest, published this year to mark the house’s 75th anniversary, is entitled simply Fallingwater. It features essays by different authors about aspects of the house and its surroundings, and writings by members of the Kaufman family for whom it was built in 1936. (Not much closet space, according to Mrs. Kaufman, but she learned to live more simply.) And of course there are pictures.

The Kaufman family turned it over to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963. People visit all the time. I’m going.