Wright’s masterpiece

Fallingwater has been called the greatest house built in the 20th century. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s as a vacation home for the Kaufman family of department store fame, the house is sited in the middle of a wooded area about 90 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh.

What makes it so distinctive is its relationship to the site. The Kaufmans had wanted the house to sit on the side of a stream so they could enjoy a view of the waterfalls. Wright decided to build the house on solid rock and cantilever the floors over the waterfalls. He wanted the family to live with the water, to make it part of their everyday life, and not just to look at it now and then. So wherever you are in the house, you hear the soothing sound of the tumbling water below.