As we officially kicked off our program activities at the beginning of this month, we took our students on our first field trip of this academic to Mill Run, Pennsylvania to visit the famous Fallingwater house. Built in the 193os, Fallingwater is a house that was designed by world-renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was commissioned by the Kaufman family as their private residence and weekend home. Fallingwater was constructed of native sandstone and bolder stones that were found at the location. In addition, Wright designed Fallingwater to rise above the waterfall upon which it was built. Fallingwater is not only one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works but one that best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture.
The house is surrounded by natural land known as the Bear Run nature reserve, hence, Wright designed the house in a manner it’s inhabitant feels immersed in the nature surrounding the property. Furthermore, Fallingwater is not only a beautiful architectural masterpiece that was designed to be ahead of its time but also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site this year. it is also designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure. Our students not only had fun touring the home but also learned about the building process and history of the house. Fallingwater is open to pubic a museum and is the only major design of Wright to be open to the public domain.