Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Take a tour of Fallingwater while you're in Pittsburgh!

Not far from the city of Pittsburgh is an architectural masterpiece, drawing in thousands of visitors a year to get a glimpse of its beauty. Learn all you need to know about Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater:

What is Fallingwater?

Fallingwater is a house in southwestern Pennsylvania designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935. Wright was an American architect who specialized in organic architecture, a philosophy that involved designing his creations in harmony with nature. Fallingwater is his most highly acclaimed work, earning titles such as "the most important building of the 20th century", "the best all-time work of American architecture", and "50 Places of a Lifetime".

Fallingwater sits on top of a waterfall that flows below the house. It was constructed by native sandstone, concrete, steel, glass, and wood by local craftsmen, and was completed in 1937. A guest house was added on in 1939.

Does anyone live in Fallingwater?

The house was originally designed and built for a Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., and his family. The Kaufmann family owned Fallingwater from 1937-1963, when Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. donated the property to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to be used as a museum. Since then, over 5 million people have visited to get a tour of the architectural marvel.

How far is Fallingwater from Pittsburgh?

Fallingwater is a 90 minute drive south of Pittsburgh, located in the Laurel Highlands of Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

Address: Route 381 South, 1491 Mill Run Rd. Mill Run, PA 15464

How can I tour Fallingwater?

Fallingwater offers various tours, which include a one-hour guided house tour, two-hour in-depth tour, brunch tour, and sunset tour. Visitors may also purchase a grounds pass to experience the immediate site surrounding the house.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only private guided or self-guided exterior tours of Fallingwater are available each day (except Wednesdays) through November 29th. Beginning November 30th, self-guided exterior Winter Walks will be available.

During typical years, Fallingwater is open for tours daily (except Wednesdays) from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. mid-March through Thanksgiving weekend. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays in December, the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, weather permitting. Advanced ticket purchase or reservations are always required to visit Fallingwater.

How much does a tour of Fallingwater cost?

Prices vary depending on which tour you select. You can see tour options here.


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