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Review of 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.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We booked our tour online for 2 pm and we had a senior guide, Joy, to show us around . Her commentary was so interesting . We had plenty of time to look around the areas we were taken to . Of course, there's more than one tour happening at the same time , so you have to keep with your group and can't linger. There is a more in depth longer tour where you can take photos ,but on ours you could only take exterior photos . It's a most unusual house . We were told about F.L. Wright and about the family who owned the house . You can walk around the grounds and there's a coffee shop and gift shop . It was cool and damp the day we went but we still enjoyed it . The paths are uneven so probably best to wear shoes and not flip flops ! We're not massive fans of architecture but Fallingwater is unusual and worth a visit

Visited September 2013
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Paeonian Springs, Virginia
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“"Fallingwater" - Frank Lloyd Wright”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is an interesting tour. You MUST have reservations. The groups are small which gives you time to look around and ask questions. There is a small walk to the home so if you need walking assistance, you can ask for a ride to and from the house at the entrance. There are many levels so you will have to walk stairs once inside. Small cafe there if you are hungry or thirsty. Quite a nice shop with some interesting items. Also make reservations to see the other Wright designed home 7 miles away - Kentuck Knob. They are serious about not taking large purses or bags...leave them in the car.

Visited September 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Go to Fallingwater. The beauty begins even before you arrive at the home. The mountains along the drive provide some breath taking views in and of themselves. Especially now in the Fall with the crisp blue skies and ever changing tree colors.

You will be assigned a tour guide who takes groups of people through the home based on a time schedule. You can make advance reservations, or buy them upon arrival. Take some time to stroll through the gift shop for unique replicas and books on Frank Lloyd wright and some artsists who produce works in the same spirit.

The home is a real wonder when you consider the year in which it was built and the location of it in proximity to the falls and woods. It certainly speaks to Wright's genius. The tour guide we had provided information, but left us to ask questions that I had hoped would be part of the presentation. Such as woods used, why the small height of rooms...etc. As well, the home had been restored which was mentioned, but not information on how they took the time to ensure that nothing was changed during its' preservation. But ask as many questions as you want and you will not be disappointed.

Afterward we strolled down the paths in to the surrounding woods. Really quite beautiful.

I would rate this as a 5 simply for its' masterpiece...but I have rated as a 4 as an "attraction" more so of the limits of the tour guide...which could be hit or miss I suppose. BUT STILL GO!

Visited September 2013
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Love it”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you like architecture or Frank Lloyd Wright, this is a definite "Bucket List" stop. It's an amazing place in a beautiful setting. In addition to the building and furniture, there are a lot of museum quality art pieces throughout the house that will appeal to art lovers. The tour guide we had was awesome and incredibly knowledgeable. We got sort of held hostage at the end of our tour while some lady gave us a awkward sales pitch to join an organization related to Frank Lloyd Wright, but other than that, we had a wonderful and memorable visit.

Visited August 2013
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Intervale, New Hampshire, United States
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“Frank's Masterpiece doesn't disappoint”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Bucket List item #1 - check! Having waited for so long to finally see this work of art, I was a little apprehensive that it might not live up to the buildup in my own mind. Not to worry, Fallingwater is everything you want it to be and more. Every inch of the design screams genius and you can hardly take your eyes off it. And that doesn't even include the "money shot" from below the falls which you won't see until after the house tour unless you walk the grounds first.

Visited September 2013
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