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Possibly one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest achievements is Fallingwater on route 381 in southwestern Pennsylvania. It has been acclaimed by the American Institute of Architects, designated as a National Historic Landmark and listed on Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places to visit before you die.

Its unique construction of reinforced concrete and native stone dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall blending within mountainside terrain cause it to appear as if it grows out of the site. The multi-leveled house has over 100 steps from its first level to the guesthouse atop the hill.

Frank Lloyd Wright has a reputation as a renowned architect. He was architect of many types of buildings, including churches, hotels, offices, museums, residences and skyscrapers. They are located in states including New York and Pennsylvania.

Fallingwater sells a ground pass, guided house tour and In depth tour. Special tours of a landscape hike, a brunch and Sunset Tour are also given. To avoid disappointment purchase tickets in advance. Comfortable shoes are encouraged with the walking tours.

The unique residence was built at 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA 15464. It is 69 miles southeast of Pittsburgh 100 miles southwest of Altoona PA, 8 miles north of Ohiopyle State Park and 20 miles north of the West Virginia border. It is partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in Allegheny Mountains Laurel Highlands.

Fallingwater was built for Edgar Kaufmann Sr. a successful Pittsburgh businessman and president of Kaufmann’s Department Store. It was built at a total cost of $155,000 in 1937, and valued at $2.6 million in 2013.

Tour Hours
January and February tours closed
Thursday – Tuesday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM mid March through Thanksgiving weekend
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Tour prices
Ground pass - $8
Guided House Tour
Adult @ $27
Youth 6-12 @ $20

Bear Run is a 5-mile long tributary of the Youghiogheny River, a 134-mile branch of the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The river is well known for Ohiopyle a center of whitewater rafting.
Fifteen miles southwest of Fallingwater is another of Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative works at Chalkhill PA, known as Kentuck Knob. It is also known as Hagan House.

Fallingwater is a 5 ½ hour drive of 350 miles from Rochester NY. Drive west on I-90 Thruway to Erie PA then US 79 south toward Pittsburgh, and US 76 south passing Donegal to route 381 south. Follow signs to Fallingwater.

There is much that can be written about this impressive creation but mere words are a poor substitute for a visit. Here is one reviews of their visit.
“Some places don't live up to the hype and fall short of your expectation. This is not one of them.”

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