Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”


Johnny --The Closest Thing to a "Mr. Wendyvee"
Johnny –The Closest Thing to a “Mr. Wendyvee”

Falling Water
Mill Run, Pennsylvania
submitted by “wendyvee”
originally posted Jul 5, 2009 – updated Sept 6,2016

I was digging through some old photos this weekend and I came across some from my 2003 trip to Falling Water, a beautiful and unique home designed by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufman family of the Kaufmann’s department store dynasty.

The house has cantilevered balconies and is built on top of a natural waterfall that actually flows beneath the house! One of my favorite features is a small swimming pool that is continually fed by groundwater, which then overflows to the stream below. Not very clean or practical . . . but very cool nonetheless.

I must confess that this was a wet and miserable trip to Western Pennsylvania . It rained most of the weekend and the landscape was gray and bleak in early April. Previously, I visited Falling Water later in the Spring/early Summer and it is simply stunning (unfortunately, this trip calls for a “do-over” since I don’t have photos that do it proper justice).

update: Check out’s Falling Water page for Frank Lloyd Wright’s bio, links to his other works, exclusive articles, and up-to-date Wright exhibition listings.


Do visit it if you ever find yourself in the area – the unique interior of the house and its outbuildings are worth the trip (no photography is permitted once you are inside the house). While you are in the area, consider visiting the only other private home in Pennsylvania designed by Wright — Kentuck Knob. Check Kentuck Knob‘s schedule before you plan to visit, as Lord & Lady Palumbo are sometimes in residence.

also: read the Falling Water and Kentuck Knob wiki entries for additional information.

I love the strange little statuary scattered around the property (bottom left)
I love the strange little statuary scattered around the property (bottom right)

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