Explore the spacious rooms and gaze up at the twisting jigsaw terraces of a modern building that floats over a waterfall.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater is a stunning home built over a waterfall. The house, which is considered the famous architect’s masterpiece, has a dynamic style, in harmony with the forest and river that enclose it. Participate in a tour of this mesmerizing residence for a greater understanding of its design and history.
Note how Wright’s passion for Japanese architecture is reflected in the intricate details of the building. This is most noticeable in the spaciousness of the rooms and the coherence of natural and architectural elements. Hear the birdcalls and rustling leaves in the surrounding forest and notice the rushing of the waterfall that plunges down the Bear Run tributary of the Youghiogheny River.
Choose from the range of available tours. The In-Depth Tour covers the full history of the house and its architect, while shedding light on the individual facets of his creation. Attend the Sunset Tour to see the effects on the building and its picturesque surrounding as sunlight begins to dwindle.
Try the 90-minute Landscape Hike through the scenic woodland of the Bear Run Nature Reserve. The site also has a Children’s Tour, during which docents explain to kids how the house was inspired by the natural environment.
Visit the gift shop to choose from its array of fairly upscale items. Rest after a hike with hot drinks and snacks from the café. The house was built from 1936 to 1939 and was widely celebrated for the way it appears to hover over the waterfall.
Book your guided tour in advance from the house’s official website. Fees vary depending on the tour. Discounts are available for youths.
Fallingwater is in Fayette County, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania. It is in the Bear Run Nature Reserve, sandwiched between Laurel Ridge State Park and Ohiopyle State Park. See nearby sights, such as the Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Youghiogheny River and Hickman Chapel.