Monday, February 21, 2011

Fallingwater - a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece to see before you die

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater.
(Updated Sept. 6. 2016)

"Fallingwater," one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, is a perfect place to spend an afternoon at one of the Smithsonian's Life List of '28 Places to Visit Before You Die.'

It was the mid-1930s when Wright, America’s most celebrated architect, designed this ‘weekend’ retreat for the Kaufmann (Department Store) family of Pittsburgh, PA.

Wright, in his mid-60s at the time, was already world-renowned and the house became instantly famous when it appeared almost immediately on a Time magazine cover.

The design "exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature," according to

During a wet autumn visit, the cantilevered concrete terraces that hover above the waterfalls of Bear Run blew me away. There is even a descending staircase from inside the living room that leads to boulders forming the waterfalls--it beckons visitors to dangle their feet in the cool stream. The house is located in southwest Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands about 90 minutes from Pittsburgh.

The American Institute of Architects named Wright “the greatest American architect of all time,” and in the same year, his Fallingwater home was voted “the best all time work of American architecture,” according to

If you go:

1491 Mill Run Road
Mill Run, PA 15464
Visitor Services: 724.329-8501

Hours: Regular season tours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Advance ticket purchase or reservations are essential)
Cost: Regular house tour: $25/adult; $18/ages 6-12 (when purchase in advance online); $27/adult; $20/ages 6-12 (when purchase onsite at Fallingwater)
In-depth tour: $72. Detailed information on these and other special tours click on Tours and Tickets
Driving directions: click here. The house is off PA Route 381, approximately 19 miles south of Donegal (Exit #91) of the PA Turnpike (I-76); or 10 miles north of US Route 40.
GPS: 39.900881, -79.465613
Ohiopyle State Park  Julianne G. Crane
Good on-site parking for RVs, coaches.

Ohiopyle State Park offers good RV and tent camping at Kentuck Campground.
The Youghiogheny River (rails-to-trail) Trail, a 27-mile hiking and biking stretch (part of the Great Allegheny Passage), is wide, mostly smooth and beautiful the entire way.

To read more about the RV Lifestyle click on

-- Julianne G. Crane 

Photos: Top: Fallingwater. (Wikipedia.) Bottom: Kentuck Campground, Ohiopyle State Park. (Julianne G. Crane )

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