25 April 2013

An Amazing Place to Visit: Fallingwater, by Frank Lloyd Wright

Fallingwater (in PA) left us speechless.  It's a home designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright. And it made our jaws drop.



We started out in the waiting area, which is a short walk away from the house.  And already I was loving some of the details.  Haha.  Like these wooden chairs (and just now I saw those brighter green chairs in the background.  I totally missed seeing those in person!  They look so great.)



And I loved the wood chips on all the paths.  It was drizzling that day and those wood chips just smelled so amazing.  
OK, and then... the HOUSE....

This was our first glimpse at it.  We were going nuts.  



It really is one of the greatest things we've ever laid eyes on.  To see such masterful design - combined with nature...oh my.  It just overloaded our senses.  I had heard that pictures of the home never do it justice.  And yep, that's true.  Seeing it in person was unbelievable.



Do you see those stairs leading down to the creek?




 

I snapped a few photos of the living room with my iphone...don't tell the tour guide! 






That red kettle to the left was used to serve cider to guests and apparently filled the home with the smell of cider.  Sounds dreamy.



Loved the grates in the fireplaces...



You just wouldn't believe all the genius details throughout the home.  For example, all those little windows could be opened or closed to control the level of breeze and sound from the water below...




We were SO glad we stopped here on our way to West Virginia.  We couldn't recommend this place enough.  Brooklyn friends:  you seriously need to get your buns over there.  You will die.    







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5 comments:

  1. So cool! I love Frank Lloyd Wright and am so inspired by his philosophy, designs, and all his works. Growing up in Tempe, AZ I got to drive by Gammage Auditorium at ASU nearly everyday. A few years ago I took a tour of Taliesin West in Scottsdale and the things I learned there about him left a lifelong impression. One story they shared was when he built a school (I can't remember what state) but he received a bit of criticism when he didn't put in any sidewalks. He explained that he wanted to wait and see what paths got worn into the grass by the students natural walking patterns. Those paths would determine where the sidewalks would go. Makes so much sense! To hire an architect who is trained in those same philosophies would be beyond amazing.

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  2. Wow, Angie and I keep threatening to go here. Great synopsis!

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  3. Stunning! I've been to a couple of his other homes and felt that same way. And if you're in Barcelona, visit the Gaudi properties and you'll be equally amazed. The way both architects blend nature, beauty and function is truly inspiring.

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  4. I have studied bout this and always wanted to visit it !

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  5. I've been looking at houses and dreaming. When I mentioned to my family that I really like a lot of natural light ("like a wall that's just windows!"), my son said, "Mom, you should check out this architect we just learned about. His name is Wright and he made this house called Fallingwater..." I let him explain the cool things to me (even though I already knew them, his excitement was contagious!), and then said, "I know, cool, right? But those houses are just a little out of our price range." :) He also said, "Well, you couldn't buy Fallingwater anyway. It's a museum now."

    I want to take him to it some day. It sounds awesome!

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