In 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.