Fallingwater Opens for its 75th Anniversary Year

Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, opens March 14, 2011 for its 75th anniversary season.

The iconic modernist house, a National Historic Landmark, has been open to the public for tours under the stewardship of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy since 1963. Visitation has risen steadily over the decades to more than 160,000 in 2010.

Commissioned by the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh as a weekend home, Fallingwater’s dramatic design features a series of reinforced concrete trays cantilevered dramatically over a stream and waterfall. The house became famous almost immediately upon its completion and solidified Wright’s reputation as an architect of unparalleled daring and talent.

“Fallingwater, a work of true genius, continues to inspire visitors from the world over as the embodiment of Wright’s notion of organic architecture – the harmonious union of art and nature,” said Lynda Waggoner, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Fallingwater’s opening day, March 14, marks the beginning of a year of special events in celebration of the 75th anniversary. Guided tours are offered daily, except Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., beginning March 14 through Thanksgiving weekend. Advance ticket purchase or reservations are strongly encouraged.

Visitors to Fallingwater may also participate in specialized tours that appeal to a variety of interests, including the In-Depth Tour and Focus Tour. More information is available at Fallingwater.org or by calling 724-329-8501.

Fallingwater’s 75th anniversary events, which are open to the public, include:


Private Domains / Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted
Co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, this symposium
addresses the unique challenge of presenting and preserving modernism.

April 5, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Fallingwater at 75: Anniversary Celebration and Book Release
Fallingwater, the major new book published by Rizzoli New York,
will be launched at this symposium, which also gathers the book’s
essayists to discuss Fallingwater and its legacy.

June 11, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Because of limited space, admission to symposia will be by
advance ticket. Contact Fallingwater reservations at 724-329-8501.



Kaufmann’s: Pittsburgh’s Purveyor of Culture
June 24 – August 28, 2011
Fallingwater Visitors Center Gallery

Design Competition: New Cottages at Fallingwater
September 9 – November 13, 2011
Fallingwater Visitors Center Gallery


Kaufmann’s: The Big Store
Lecture by Justin Gunther, Curator of Buildings and Collections
June 28 — 3 p.m.
July 19 — 3 p.m.
August 23 — 3 p.m.

Living in Harmony with Nature: The Fallingwater Cottage Competition
Lecture by Lynda Waggoner, Director of Fallingwater
September 13 — 3 p.m.
October 4 — 3 p.m.
October 25 — 3 p.m.

Lectures will be in The Barn at Fallingwater. Because of limited space, admission to lectures will be by advance ticket. Contact Fallingwater reservations at 724-329-8501.


Saturday, September 17
Please visit Fallingwater.org or call Fallingwater reservations at 724-329-8501 for more information.

Directions to Fallingwater:
Fallingwater is located in southwest Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands about 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The house is located along PA Route 381 between the villages of Mill Run and Ohiopyle. It is approximately 19 miles south of the Donegal exit (Exit #91) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) or 10 miles north of US Route 40. For more information, visit Fallingwater.org.

1491 Mill Run Road
Mill Run, PA 15464





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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 and has conserved nearly 229,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. 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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