8th May 2018
Edgar J Kaufmann Snr commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 to design a weekend home for his family. The Pittsburgh department store magnet enabled the famed architect to create a stunning home entirely perfect, tranquil and yet bold which fitted perfectly into its stunning setting in the mountains of South West Pennsylvania. The area, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, Laurel Highlands in Mill Run, Fayette County.
The sandstone property sits in the heart of a waterfall using materials from the estate’s quarry.
The home was finished in 1939 and was a fitting statement for a highly successful family. Edgar and Liliane lived there and when the home passed to their son Edgar Kaufmann Jnr who ultimately donated it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
It is now a museum lovingly cared for, designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure. What is equally extraordinary is that the home in it’s entirely was donated, so a visitor not only experiences the house but a sense of what it looked like when it was the Kaufmann family’s home.
“Fallingwater is a great blessing – one of the great blessings to be experienced here on earth, I think nothing yet ever equalled the coordination, sympathetic expression of the great principle of repose where forest and stream and rock and all the elements of structure are combined so quietly that really you listen not to any noise whatsoever although the music of the stream is there. But you listen to Fallingwater the way you listen to the quiet of the country…”
Frank Lloyd Wright Talk to the Taliesin Fellowship, May 1, 1955
Photo Credits: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy