Fallingwater is a house built between 1936 and 1939 over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family from Pittsburgh, owners of Kaufmann’s Department Store. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark
Fallingwater is one of a trio of Frank Lloyd Wright houses one can visit in the PA Laurel Highlands. It is the only major Wright-designed house open to the public with its furnishings, artwork, and settings intact. Sticking to a unified and organic composition, Wright used only two colors throughout the house. Surrounded by the 5000 acre Bear Run Nature Preserve, the house has attracted more than 4.5 million visitors since opening to the public in 1964.
Fallingwater preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, conserves the site for which it was designed, and interprets them and their history for present and future generations of the world community. In pursuing its work, Fallingwater demonstrates leadership and creativity, engages the public, and celebrates the power of design in harmony with nature.