The Fallingwater / by Brendhan Stowe


Frank Lloyd Wright, considered by most as the greatest American architect of all time, designed the Fallingwater house in 1935.

The project, commissioned by Pittsburg businessman Edgar Kaufmann Sr., was constructed between 1936-1939


The property is located 50 miles southeast of Pittsburg in a rural area with a waterfall and some cabins. 

The house is anchored to the rock next to the waterfall, just over the stream. It is orientated to the southeast, in order to hover serenely over the water.

Local Pottsville sandstone was used to compliment the reinforced concrete that Wright used for the cantilevered floors. The home is framed by glass, which allowed the light to come in from several angles and provide it with a balanced ambience.

Fallingwater is exceptionally representative of Frank Lloyd Wright's concept of organic architecture, promoting a harmony between man and nature, it is integrated perfectly with its environment. 

"There in a beautiful forest was a solid, high rock ledge rising beside a waterfall, and the natural thing seemed to be to cantilever the house from that rock bank over the falling water... Then came (of course) Mr. Kaufmann's love for the beautiful site. He loved the site where the house was built and liked to listen to the waterfall. So that was a prime motive in the design. I think that you can hear the waterfall when you look at the design” (…)                                             -Frank Lloyd Wright in an interview with Hugh Downs, 1954