75th Anniversary

Celebrating 75 years of Art in Nature
1936-2011

Fallingwater, one of 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 waterfall, rather than 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Pedro Guerrero

  75th Anniversary Events

 

 

 

 

Exhibitions:

Design Competition:  New Cottages at Fallingwater
Opens September 17 as a limited exhibit in the Visitors Center

2011 Laurel Highlands Photo Contest
November 5 - December 31, 2011