Mission

The purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s operation of Fallingwater is:

  • to preserve, maintain and make available for public education and appreciation Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater.
  • to demonstrate by the example of Fallingwater the powerful result that can be achieved through the harmonious union of man’s work with nature
  • to maintain in Fallingwater its character as a weekend home of the period it was occupied by its owners, Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann (occupied 1937 to 1955) and their son, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. (occupied 1937 to 1963)
  • to preserve its original furnishings, art and household objects, exhibiting them as naturally as possible in what is now a public museum
  • to conserve the land and watershed into which Fallingwater was designed to fit, as a continuing source of inspiration through a 5000 acre nature reserve intended for both recreation and study

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy believes that Fallingwater is more than the sum of its parts: the architect, the client, the architecture, the art, the land and the period.  It is the inspired coming together of these parts that makes Fallingwater a great work worthy of preservation.

Fallingwater works closely with other local, regional, and national institutions and organizations including but not limited to: The Pennsylvania Federation of Museums; The Pennsylvania Coalition of Independent Museums; Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau; Visit Pittsburgh; the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance; the Pennsylvania Department of Tourism; and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.