Fallingwater Book Launch Continues 75th Anniversary Activities
Fallingwater will mark its 75th anniversary with the launch of a new book, a symposium and a book signing Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. in the Carnegie Museum of Art theatre.
The symposium will include presentations by contributors to the book “FALLINGWATER,” a new landmark volume that reveals the planning process of Fallingwater’s recent restoration and includes new text on its history, structure and collections. Also included are never-seen photographs by Christopher Little taken specially for this book. The symposium and the book are funded by a generous grant from the Colcom Foundation.
“The symposium will shed new light on another chapter of Wright’s masterpiece,” said Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater’s director and vice president of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “The presenters will discuss the house and its importance today, inspired by Fallingwater’s 75th anniversary, the recent acquisition of new Kaufmann family correspondence and the building’s restoration.”
The afternoon session will begin with presentations about the content of the book at 1 p.m. by the photographer Little, David G. De Long, professor emeritus of architecture and historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Justin Gunther, curator of buildings and collections for Fallingwater.
Fallingwater’s structural strengthening will be discussed by John A. Matteo of Robert Silman Associates Structural Engineers. Rick Darke, horticulturist and award-winning author, will discuss Fallingwater’s landscape. The house’s sustainability legacy will be the topic of a presentation by John Reynolds, professor of architecture at Miami University of Ohio.
Waggoner, who edited the book, will moderate a question and answer session with the presenters. After the symposium the book’s contributors will sign the new volume. The book is available at the Fallingwater museum store for $60. A signed and numbered limited edition with special binding in a cloth covered slipcase is also available. Free shipping is available for all advanced orders. The book can be purchased at https://www.fallingwatermuseumstore.org/.
“FALLINGWATER” is published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. For more information about the book visit https://rizzoliusa.box.net/shared/static/e05p7vo626.pdf. For a high resolution downloadable image of the book’s cover visit https://rizzoliusa.box.net/shared/sbb5hhx23g. To schedule a reservation to tour Fallingwater call (724) 329-8501.
There is no fee for the symposium but advance reservations are required as space is limited. To register contact Fallingwater’s visitor services at (724) 329-8501 or click here.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks, conserved nearly 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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