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Frank Lloyd Wright
's Fa ll i n g wat e r ® Route 381 Mill Run, PA 15464 724-329-8501 www.fallingwater.org
Tickets and Reservations Advance tickets or reservations are essential to guarantee admission to Fallingwater. Tickets may be purchased online by visiting our website at www.fallingwater.org. Reservations are available by calling our visitor services office at 724-329-8501 or emailing us at [email protected]
Days and Hours of Operation regular season
: Mid-March through Thanksgiving weekend Daily except Wednesday, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM Also open: Easter Sunday (1:00 PM 5:00 PM), Memorial Day
, July 4, Labor Day
, Columbus Day Closed: Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day December weekdays, January and February Winter Hours: December: Fri, Sat, Sun; the week between Christmas and New Years Day; the first two weekends in March 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (weather permitting) Contact Visitor Services with questions. Fallingwater is located 19 miles south of the PA Turnpike (I-76) on State Route 381, halfway between the villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle. Directions available at www.fallingwater.org. Our street address for mapping purposes only is 1491 Mill Run Road. Please use caution when using computerized mapping programs as these often place you on secondary or unpaved roads.
Celebrating 75 Years of Art in Nature
Fallingwater P.O. Box R Mill Run, PA 15464 For visitor convenience, Fallingwater offers ticketing and reservation services for tours at Kentuck Knob, which is located seven miles south of Fallingwater. This independently owned and operated Wright house was built in 1956 for the I.N. Hagan family. © copyright 2011
Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most widely acclaimed works, turns 75 in 2011. Designed for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann, construction of the house began in 1936. The key to the setting of the house is the waterfall over which it is built. Historically, the falls were a focal point of the Kaufmanns' activities, and the family indicated to Wright their desire to locate their weekend house near them. Much to their surprise, Wright designed the house to rise above the water, rather than to face it. The Kaufmanns adopted Wright's original scheme with few changes. Perhaps better than any single work, Fallingwater exemplifies Wright's concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Completed with a guest and service wing in 1939, Fallingwater was constructed of sandstone quarried on the property and was built by local craftsmen. The stone serves to separate reinforced concrete "trays," dramatically cantilevered over the stream. Fallingwater was the weekend home of the Kaufmann family from 1937 until 1963, when the house, its contents and grounds were entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
by Edgar Kaufmann, jr. Fallingwater is the only major Wright work to come into the public domain with its setting, original furnishings and artwork intact. "I want you to live with the waterall, not just to look at it, but for it to become an integral part
of your lives." -Frank Lloyd Wright to the Kaufmanns, ca 1935
Making the Most of Your Tour For the best selection of tour times, tickets should be purchased or reservations made at least two weeks in advance. Group reservations require an advance deposit four weeks prior to the visit. Reservation times are approximate and exact tour times can't be guaranteed. For a more leisurely tour, we suggest visiting Fallingwater on weekdays. When planning your visit, allow at least two hours on the site. Additional information and available dates and times can be found at www.fallingwater.org. More than 4.5 million people have visited Fallingwater since it opened to the public in 1964. All tours are led by professional interpreters.
Regular Tour A one-hour tour, featuring all the major rooms. Children age 6+ may accompany adults. In-Depth Tour* A two-hour tour with extended interpretation of the house and landscape. Children age 9+ may accompany adults. Grounds-Only Passes A self-guided walk around the exterior of the house and grounds. Offered every day, when space is available, weather permitting *Interior photography permitted for personal use.
We Also Offer The Following Special Tours and Programs Advance ticket purchase only please visit www.fallingwater.org or call 724-329-8501. · Sunset or Brunch Tour · Focus Tour · Landscape Tour · Family Tour · Lecture Series · Family Activity Kits Additional information is available at www.fallingwater.org. To Maximize Your Experience When You Visit · Allow at least two hours on-site. · Come prepared for the weather. · Expect considerable walking and numerous steps. · Call ahead if you require special assistance.
Children at Fallingwater For the safety and comfort of all our visitors, children must be 6 years of age to tour the house (9 years of age for special tours.) Families with infants and young children
are welcome to use our Family Room while waiting for other members of their party. Children are invited to explore the grounds around Fallingwater with their families.
"One of 12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world" Travel + Leisure Magazine
"Best all-time work of American architecture" poll of members of the American Institute of Architecture
Photography, Painting and Sketching Through the purchase of an admission ticket, visitors agree that all photographs, paintings and sketchings of Fallingwater are for personal use only and cannot be offered for sale or exploited for any commercial purpose or in any way made available for any third-party use.educational programs
A variety of lectures, programs and exhibitions are available to organized groups as a way to expand upon the tour experience. We also offer courses and on-site residency programs that last for three to seven days for teachers, students, architects, and life-long learners interested in the house and architecture. Please visit our website at www.fallingwater.org for additional details.
"Fallingwater in its setting embodies a powerful idealthat people today can learn to live in harmony with nature." Edgar Kaufmann, jr. New York Times
architecture critic Paul Goldberger wrote: "This is a house that summed up the 20th century
and then thrust it forward still further. Within this remarkable building Frank Lloyd Wright recapitulated themes that had preoccupied him since his career began a half century earlier, but he did not reproduce them literally. Instead, he cst his net wider, integrating European modernism and his own love of nature and of structural daring, and pulled it all together into a brilliantly resolved totality. Fallingwater is Wright's greatest essay in horizontal space; it is his most powerful piece of structural drama; it is his most sublime integration of man and nature."
Enhance your Fallingwater experience by visiting · our Museum Store featuring merchandise related to art, nature and architecture. · our Cafй offering an assortment of seasonal soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods. · The Barn at Fallingwater featuring state-of-the-art meeting and gathering space. · Bear Run Nature Reserve
, 5,000+ acres of wild mountain land with 20 miles of marked Hiking Trails
Support Fallingwater with a WPC Membership The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC), Pennsylvania's first conservation organization, maintains and operates Falingwater as well as the Bear Run Nature Reserve, on which Fallingwater is located. Since its inception in 1932, WPC members and supporters have protected nearly 229,000 acres of the region's natural land. You can help to continue this effort as a WPC member. For more information on becoming a member, visit WPC website at www.WaterLandLife.org, call 1-866-564-6972 or email us at [email protected]
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