Fallingwater Opens Holiday Store in Downtown Pittsburgh

The Fallingwater Museum Store will operate a holiday boutique in downtown Pittsburgh from now until the end of the year in a storefront on Liberty Avenue between the Harris Theater and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Education Center.

The downtown location of the Frank Lloyd Wright house’s museum store in Mill Run, Pa., is located at 807 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, in a property owned by the Cultural Trust. The store will be open through Dec. 31, including during the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh 2014 celebration.

The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It will have extended hours on Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night and First Night.

The Pittsburgh location will offer the same types of gifts that are available in the main Museum Store, including a selection of Fallingwater items; Frank Lloyd Wright Signature Products, such as clocks, vases and stained glass; and products that represent good design aesthetic, such as items by Alessi and iittala.

All proceeds from store sales are applied to the preservation of Fallingwater, Wright’s masterwork that he designed for the Kaufmann family, the owners of Kaufmann’s department store.

In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann jr., entrusted Fallingwater and the surrounding Bear Run Nature Reserve to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

“We are very excited to have such a high-profile organization taking up residence in the Cultural District,” said Kevin McMahon, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust president and chief executive officer. “Central to the Trust’s mission is attracting people downtown to enjoy outstanding shows and exhibitions, dine at a broad array of restaurants and also have the opportunity to have unique shopping experiences.”

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 has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 235,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 135 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 13,000 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.

About the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

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