Fallingwater Opens its Doors to the Public for a Lively 2010 Season
Fallingwater will open for daily tours on March 15 this year, although eager visitors may schedule an early visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork during the first two weekends in March. The 2010 season includes a range of tour options, new lectures and exhibitions, as well as on-site educational programs for people of all ages.
“Fallingwater comes to life in the springtime. With the melted snow adding to the waterfall, the repopulation of wildlife to the area, and the fresh growth on budding branches, I couldn’t think of a place that does a better job of embodying the spirit of the season,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater.
Guided tours are offered daily, except Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., beginning March 15 through Thanksgiving weekend. Advance ticket purchase or reservations are strongly encouraged.
Visitors to Fallingwater may participate in specialized tours that appeal to a variety of interests. The In-Depth tour provides a detailed view of the house and permits photography as well as access to areas not available on the standard tour. In-Depth tours are available every day that Fallingwater is open at 8:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m., through mid-October.
Visitors who are interested in an even more intensive experience may take part in the Focus Tour, a private extended tour led by a member of Fallingwater’s senior staff. This tour enables visitors to explore their individual interests in Fallingwater in a personal setting.
Additionally, a Brunch Tour is available on Saturdays and Sundays from May through September, except August 28 and 29. On this tour, participants spend nearly two hours in the house with an experienced guide, followed by brunch on Fallingwater’s covered terrace as Bear Run flows beneath the house.
Fallingwater visitors may also register to attend lectures led by senior staff members:
Fallingwater: A Place for Renewal
Thursdays at 2 p.m., May through November
The Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its absolute best. Learn how architect, client, and site came together to create a house designed for living in harmony with nature.
The Extraordinary Life of Frank Lloyd Wright
Fridays at 2 p.m., May through November
Frank Lloyd Wright’s life was wrought with brilliance, romance and tragedy. This lecture revisits the events that shaped one of modern architecture’s most prominent figures.
The Visitors Center features new exhibitions during the 2010 season, including:
Associated Artists Celebrating 100 Years – part I
July 10 – August 31
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh hold part one of their 100th anniversary exhibitions at Fallingwater. Artwork exhibited is inspired in some way by Fallingwater and/or its landscape.
Associated Artists Celebrating 100 Years – part II
September 11 – November 2
Associated Artists of Pittsburgh hold part two of their 100th anniversary exhibitions at Fallingwater.
In addition, Fallingwater offers a range of on-site educational programs for high school and college students, teachers and adult learners varying in length from three days to a week long. Information about educational programming is available at Fallingwater.org.
Tickets and Reservations
Reservations for tours and lectures are highly recommended. For more information or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, visit Fallingwater.org or call Visitor Services at 724-329-8501.
Fallingwater enthusiasts may view images of the house that are updated frequently each day on the Fallingwater website. Visit the Fallingwater-cam at https://fallingwater.org/116.
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
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 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 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
A high-resolution photograph of Fallingwater may be accessed here: https://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad293/rschreiber/Fallingwater%20Opening%202010/fw_opening_2010.jpg
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