Fallingwater - Frank Lloyd Wright's Masterpiece
Fallingwater is Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous architectural masterpiece. Its design is one of a kind and instantly recognizable to people all over the world. The house was designed in 1935 right outside of Mill Run, a small town just a few minutes north of Ohiopyle. It was built over Bear Run which is a small creek that eventually empties into the Lower Yough right at Dimple Rock Rapid.
Tours of Fallingwater
Fallingwater is open for guided tours most of the year. They are closed on Wednesdays. The price of the tours varies from $6 for a basic grounds only tour all the way up to $100 for an in-depth tour that takes a few hours. To reserve a space on one of their many tours visit their ticket reservation page or visit their homepage.
History of Fallingwater
Fallingwater is also known as the Kaufman house. Edgar Kaufmann Sr. was a successful Pittsburgh businessman and founder of Kaufmann's Department Store. The Kaufmanns owned some property outside Pittsburgh with a waterfall and some cabins. When the cabins at their camp had deteriorated to the point that something had to be rebuilt, Mr. Kaufmann contacted Wright.
In November 1934 Wright visited Bear Run. He asked for a survey of the area around the waterfall, which he received in March 1935. This survey was prepared by Fayette Engineering Company of Uniontown, Pennsylvania and included all of the boulders, trees and topography. It took 9 months for his ideas for the site to crystallize into a design which was quickly sketched up by Wright in time for a visit by Kaufmann to Taliesn in September 1935. It was then that Kaufmann first became aware that Wright’s design was for the house to be built above the falls, rather than below the falls as he had expected.
Lodging Near Fallingwater
There are several campgrounds and one motel within a short driving distance of Fallingwater. Please visit our lodging section for more information on lodging near Fallingwater and Ohiopyle.