Counter Area, Project for Kaufmann’s Department Store,

Joseph Urban, architect. Counter Area, Project for Kaufmann’s Department Store, 1928. Joseph Urban Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.

On View in the Speyer Gallery

Joseph Urban’s Designs for Kaufmann’s

Commissioned by Edgar Kaufmann to create a modern and stylish design for Kaufmann’s Department Store, Viennese-born architect Joseph Urban (1872-1933) envisioned an Art Deco space that equaled his scenic designs for the Ziegfeld Follies and New York City’s Metropolitan Opera.

For Kaufmann, considered among Pittsburgh’s tastemakers, Urban’s proposal was a dramatic backdrop for his merchandise and reflected the store’s progressive approach to design and supporting of those who influenced it.

Explore different facets of Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Kaufmann family in Fallingwater's Speyer Gallery. Funded, in part, by the Alexander C. & Tillie S. Speyer Foundation, the Speyer Gallery features an annual exhibition free to all Fallingwater visitors. The gallery is accessible in the Visitor Center and open during regular business hours April through December 31.

The Speyer Gallery is located in Fallingwater's Visitor Center and is currently open to visitors through December 31.