Photographer's Note

Fallingwater is the name of a very special house that is built over a waterfall. Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most renown architects, designed the house for the Kaufmann family, owners of Kaufmann’s Department Store, a very exciting and elegant place to shop in 1930s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Designed in 1935, Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939 at a total cost $155,000, in the mountains 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. It appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, instantly became famous, and today is a National Historic Landmark.
The Kaufmanns owned land with a waterfall and some cabins near Mill Run which they used for an annual retreat. With a son who was interested in architecture and studying under Wright, the Kaufmanns contacted the architect about building a permanent vacation home with a view of the waterfall. But Wright had a different vision for the home, one in which they would essentially live on the waterfall itself, with large terraces cantilevered over the water. Fallingwater was the family’s weekend home from 1937 to 1963. In 1963 it was donated to the Western Pensylvania Conservancy and in 1964, it was opened to the public as a museum

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