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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.


  1. Robert Morrison says:

    When I was a young boy, living in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, my family had an opportunity to purchase another of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Usonian” dream homes which was built shortly after “Falling Water”. Known as “Still Bend”, it is located overlooking the East Twin River in Two Rivers. I remember touring the interior of the home with my family and my parents ultimately deciding, much to my dismay, that it was not “practical” for our needs. We ended up moving into a more traditional family style home just a block away from “Still Bend”. Still, I often visited the house as we became friends of the Schwartz family that lived there. I understand that “Still Bend” is now owned by a group that is making the home available for rental or tours. For more information, history, or for some great photos go to

  2. Deb says:

    Thanks Glenn! I love Fallingwater but have never had a chance to see it. I put the book on reserve.

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