I’ve been dreaming of seeing Fallingwater since I was a little girl. I was probably 6 or 7 when I started showing my dad pictures, and begging him to take me. I’ve always had a love of architecture. Some of my favorite features of architecture are balconies, natural light, and the use of stone. I’ve also always loved forests and water. When I was a kid, there was this place I would always go to be alone, that was a huge rock in the middle of a creek in the middle of a forest. I would sit out there and read. Sometimes my brother would try to come bug me, but for a long time he couldn’t get on MY rock, because his legs weren’t long enough to jump to it like I could. Anyways, Fallingwater always seemed to be the culmination of all my favorite things: forest, water, rock, light…
My sweet husband always knew that seeing it was a dream of mine. So when we celebrated our 10th anniversary earlier this year, he surprised me with a trip — saying that he had arranged a babysitter, and we were going to get away for a weekend to go see Fallingwater. Of course, I was elated! We splurged a bit and sprung for the in-depth tour, which is 2 hours instead of 45 minutes. Also, you can’t take pictures on the regular tour, and I knew I wanted to do that!
Here are photos from our visit!
Steps from the living room lead right down into the water.
The house has been designed to bend WITH nature, not force nature to bend around it.
View from the kitchen onto the balconies and waterfall.
The driveway separating the main house and the guest house. The roof above it is a hallway connecting the two.
The living room: breathtaking stone floors, low seating all around, and windows on 3 sides. This room sits directly above the waterfall.
The stone at the base of the fireplace is the original bedrock on the site. Wright used it as part of the flooring, instead of having it hammered away.
In the living room — where the stairs lead to the water. This is what it looks like closed.
And when it’s open — the sounds of rushing water drift up, along with cool breezes.
Possibly the best desk ever — I WANT ONE for homeschooling!
One of the many balconies. Every bedroom has its own balcony sanctuary.
Looking from one balcony to another.
A curved walkway leading up to the guest house, which sits up the hill a bit, at the highest point of the house.
The guest house also contains the pool, which has no chemicals. Instead, it is fed by a natural spring, which pours in at the corner, and pours out over the far edge.
A funny cartoon, hanging in the office of one of the caretakers.
View of the house from across the river.
The most famous viewpoint to see the house — aptly called on all the signs “View”. You can see the living room, several balconies, and the grand fireplace (which has hearths in at least 3 rooms, maybe 4, I can’t remember for sure).
A little girl’s dream came true!
Fallingwater is located in Pennsylvania, about an hour south of Pittsburgh. See the official Fallingwater site for tickets and tour information.