Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I recently visited the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house "Fallingwater". The home is located in rural Pennsylvania and I highly recommend a visit. This "iconic" view was taken from a path after the tour; in most of the photo's I've seen of Fallingwater on the web this must be the spot for these photos. This spot allows you to capture the two waterfalls and the house which are not visible from other angles.
The visit begins when you reach a reception area that is very well designed. You can sign up for a visit at a designated time and when you arrive you receive a number and then your group is called. The entire process seemed to run smoothly.
When your number is called you begin the five minute walk through a forest towards the house. Above is the view as we approached Fallingwater.
Our guide met us at the road next to the house. This was the last place you could take photos until you exit the house; they said this was because cameras dropped or dinged up the interior but likely it was also done to speed up the tour. Our guide seemed very knowledgable and helpful.
This is a view of Fallingwater from the other side. While touring Fallingwater I was struck at how modern the house was considering that it was built in the 1930's, over 70 years ago.
There are many architectural details that are interesting. In this photo you can see how the windows on both sides meet and when you open the windows you can't see the frames at all and it gives an "open" effect in the office. Throughout the tour the guide pointed out amazing details such as this.
If you'd like your own model of Fallingwater it can be had for only $61,000 in the gift shop. Note that Fallingwater cost about $150,000 to build in the late 1930's... but of course that would translate into many millions today.
Cross posted at Chicago Boyz