- Description: Fallingwater was a weekend house for the Edgar J. Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, owners of Kaufmann's Department Store.
- Owners: Edgar Kaufmann Sr. (1885-1955), Liliane S. Kaufmann (1889-1952), and their son, Edgar Kaufmann jr. (1910-1989). The house was owned and used by the Kaufmann family until 1963, when it was entrusted by Edgar Kaufmann, jr., to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
- Design and construction: Designed in 1935 by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), the main house was constructed 1936-38, followed by the guest house construction in 1939.
- Square footage: The main house uses 9,300 square feet of which 4,400 is outdoor terraces, while the guest house totals 990 square feet of which 1,950 square feet is outdoor terraces.
- Paint Colors: Wright's desire to create a unified and organic composition limited the color palette at Fallingwater. Only two colors were used throughout: a light ochre for the concrete and his signature Cherokee red for the steel. PPG Paints has worked with Fallingwater to develop eco-friendly paints that withstand the environmental challenges of the site. They have also created a series of colors inspired by the building and its surroundings. Learn more about Fallingwater's PPG paint colors.
- Visitation: Since Fallingwater opened in 1964, over 6.3 million visitors from around the world have toured the house. In 2016, 181,000 visitors toured the house, the most on record for a single year.
- Preservation: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has preserved Fallingwater since 1963, with a major structural repair in 2002 strengthening Fallingwater’s cantilevers to prevent collapse and future deflection.
- Surroundings: Surrounded by the WPC’s 5,100 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve.
- Final cost: The original estimate for the house was $35,000. The final total cost of construction was approximately $148,000 with an additional $11,300 in architect’s fees.
- Edgar and Liliane were married on June 22, 1909.
- Liliane could read three languages: English, French, and German.
- Edgar developed a dairy which is now the Barn at Fallingwater.
- Liliane raised long-haired dachshunds.
- During WWI, Edgar was a first lieutenant in the First Field Artillery.
- In 1934, Liliane was elected president of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.
- In 1928, Edgar made the first direct Pittsburgh to Paris telephone call to inquire about a designer dress.
- Read more about the Kaufmann family.
- Fallingwater was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, January 1938
- Fallingwater is the only major Wright-designed house to open to the public with its furnishings, artwork, and setting intact
- Frank Lloyd Wright once suggested that the house’s concrete surfaces be coated in gold leaf.