Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright Unites Architecture And Nature
I enjoyed my recent brief visit to Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. On my last day, after my early morning hike along the Allegheny River, I checked out of my hotel. It was about a 4 1/2 hour drive back to my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However I decided to drive a few mile out of my way and visit the world famous Fallingwater house designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Located in Fayette County in the Laurel Highlands it was about 25 mile drive south of Donegal on Interstate 76. The highway to Fallingwater took me through small towns, farmland, forest and made me feel like I had traveled back in time. I arrived at the entrance around 11 a.m and was disappointed to learn that there were no inside tours available without a reservation.
Of course, being this close to what the Smithsonian magazine said was one of the 28 places to see before you die, I had stay and explore the grounds and at least catch a glimpse of this famous structure built atop a waterfall. So I parked my Jeep, checked out the trail maps at the visitor center, and began my hike.
As soon as I walked onto the trail I immediately felt the love and respect of nature that the owners , Liliane and Edgar Kaufman of Pittsburgh, and famous architect created. The trail took me past the rock formations that inspired Wright in his design of the house.
The house was surrounded by gardens where beautiful native wildflowers like wild geranium and
golden ragwort were in bloom.
which provide the famous views of Fallingwater seen around the world.
There were many other trails on the property but I had a long ride home and had to leave. Walking back to my Jeep I reflected on this wonderful home in its natural setting and hoped to return someday and maybe spend the night in this magical place. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my visit to Fallingwater. Falling Water May 17 2021.
Fallingwater is a great blessing – one of the great blessings to be experienced here
on earth, I think nothing yet ever equalled 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 although 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