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Review of Fallingwater

Fallingwater
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Mill Run
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Owner description: Perched on a rock above a gushing waterfall, this historic house was built for a Pittsburgh family by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, ingeniously designed to blend harmoniously into the tranquil and beautiful woods around it.
Surrey
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Perfect visit”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

In depth tour was excellent, guide very knowlegeable and we were allowed adequate time to explore the rooms, take photos and roam the grounds. The cafe was good, as well as welcome and shop.

Visited November 2012
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Connecticut
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“Nature and Architecture- Perfectly Wedded”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of residential architecture, set in the woods, on Bear Run (a stream), was visually stunning from the outside, and full of beauty and discovery, as one toured the inside. The guides were excellent too, and the museum/cafe/gift shop were excellent compliments to a really special afternoon.

Visited September 2012
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Columbiana, Ohio
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“Built during Depression? Unreal”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

My husband and I finally got to visit this work of art as we have driven past it several times. When you first arrive you get to a gate where you pay a modest fee and are given an approx. waiting time for your tour. We then entered the very professional greeting area that includes a wonderful gift shop of artistic pleasures and there is also a cafe we did not enter. The tour and tour guide was exceptional. I personally would recommend the group size be smaller due to how small some of the rooms were. It was a gorgeous day so we were able to go out on to all of the overhangs. Very well preserved and left as it was when the family lived in it. Truly something all should see and learn about.

Visited November 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Occupy this house!”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

The iconic image of Fallingwater belies its nearly hidden location along Bear Run The great visual pleasure of the house is in discovering its shape as it slowly reveals itself beyond the visitor’s path. Like an unfolding geological treasure the house has the horizontal look of tectonic plates eroded by a stream that is heard but not seen.

From the bridge the cantilevered terraces bring up another thought, that of a spaceship that has landed or is about to depart, and is temporarily refueling over the waters. The half dozen steel supports anchored to the dripping wet rocks are like the cables of a gantry, tipped sideways, but ready to unhook as the ship takes off.

The maritime theme is always present with the narrow and steep stairwells leading to rooms that are at once intimate and wide open. The spatial comfort is a trademark of Wright as the house is designed with all the visual and sensory pleasures of a weekend retreat, much like a sleek oligarch’s ship. Standing on the terrace or behind the uncluttered windows, one does feel like the pilot on the captain’s bridge.

Fallingwater’s position over the stream, instead of besides the stream as the Kaufman wished, is the house’s most controversial surprise. The ‘hatch’ inside the living room, with its open staircase leading to the water, is an eccentric design. It is like the exit pod for a space ship or the decompression chamber for divers coming back from the deep. More likely, the inspiration is from a watermill and a water wheel could have been used to harness the energy of the water.

Whether it would have added or detracted from the aesthetic beauty of the house is a question for architecture pilgrims to decide. Whatever your opinion, it is absolutely essential that you occupy this spectacular marvel, if only for the time of a tour.

Tip: Pick the in-depth tour as it allows photography. A smaller party will give you elbow room to take your postcard shots. Use filters as the Eastern sunrise will flood the room with light.

Visited November 2012
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Leonardtown, MD
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“Extraordinary”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Respectfully, I urge that your readers purchase the $65 extended tour. The house is amazing and incredible. Our tour guide was fantastic. I can see why this is on the Smithsonian's Life List of 28 places to see before you die. This is a must-see

Visited October 2012
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