Fallingwater – Bear Run, Pennsylvania

FallingwaterIn late June of 2006, my wife and I visited my family in Northeast, Ohio. This gave us an opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Fallingwater. I have been a huge admirer of Wright’s for many years and had made plan after plan to visit the house; I think it took more than 8 years in total before I was finally successful.

The wife and I set out early Friday morning and headed east towards Pittsburgh. Bear Run, where Fallingwater is located, is only a short drive from Pittsburgh. We arrived at the property around ten in the morning. It was a beautiful morning, mid 70s — the weather couldn’t have been any nicer! I might not miss the Northern winters, but the summers are beautiful. I have great nostalgia for the summer months up North.

Visiting the house is something that everyone should do. When you consider that this “modern” house was built in 1935, you can help but note and appreciate Wright’s genius. The term “organic architecture” becomes apparent immediately. The home is literally part of its landscape. Cantilevers strap the house to the rock that lines the riverbed, allowing the river to run right under the home. Pieces of the home wrap and form around tree trucks; the home was designed around them. Stairs rise straight from the river bed. Boulders, rock, and running water intrude right into the home making a seamless connection between the outside and in. It’s an amazing place.

I took some photographs that can be seen in the photo gallery. Take a look at them here.

This entry was posted in People, Ramblings.


  1. Babsy November 12, 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    That Wright house in incredible. Really minimalist and love the use of matrials. Great pics.

  2. Robert Lupinek November 13, 2006 at 10:16 am #

    It’s so easy to get into a circular state of mind where you are focusing on your own little world so much that it takes a nice little visual suprise, like this home, to shake you out of your mental routines.

    Thanks for continuing to share the things that inspire you.

  3. fattkidd November 13, 2006 at 11:26 am #

    I heard the owner quit staying there because as he got older, the sound of the water rushing through the house made him have to pee a lot at night and thus, he didn’t get much sleep there.

  4. Ruprect March 4, 2007 at 9:27 pm #

    Your pictures of house are amazing! Your photography is very good photos. Great job!

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