Fallingwater

Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for the Kaufmann family, owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store. One of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, Fallingwater exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature.

Fallingwater is located in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania, also known as the Laurel Highlands, in Mill Run, Fayette County, which is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Wright designed Fallingwater to rise above the waterfall over which it is built. Local craftsmen quarried native sandstone and other materials from the property and completed the construction of the main house, guest house, and service wing in 1939.

The Kaufmann family—Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. (1885-1955), Liliane S. Kaufmann (1889-1952), and their son, Edgar Kaufmann jr. (1910-1989)—used Fallingwater as a vacation house during their lifetimes. In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann jr. donated and entrusted Fallingwater and the surrounding 469 acres of natural land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Today, Fallingwater is open to the public as a museum and surrounded by 5,100 acres of natural land known as the Bear Run Nature Reserve. On July 10, 2019, UNESCO inscribed Fallingwater and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings onto the World Heritage List. In addition, Fallingwater is designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure and named the “best all-time work of American architecture” in a poll of members of the American Institute of Architects. Since the first public tours began in 1964, Fallingwater has welcomed more than six million visitors from across the globe. Travel+Leisure Magazine stated that Fallingwater is “one of the 12 landmarks that will change the way you see the world.”

Fallingwater is the only major Wright work to come into the public domain with its setting, artwork, and original Wright-designed furnishings intact.

Contact Information

Visitor Services Office
Reservations and Information:
724-329-8501

Address:
Mill Run, Pennsylvania 15464, United States

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  • Hours Open

    Fallingwater tours run from March 6 through December 31, except Wednesdays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Tour times vary throughout the season, so we invite you to explore individual tour options for availability.
  • Prices and Fees

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  • Accessibility

    https://fallingwater.org/visit/special-needs/ For visitors with mobility, hearing or visual limitations, please be aware of the following site challenges as you plan your visit. There is considerable walking involved. Fallingwater’s guided tours and self-guided experiences involve one mile of walking on gravel paths that include both uphill and downhill terrain. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Shuttle service to and from the house is available for visitors who are unable to make the walk from the Visitors Center to the house and back. Please ask a Fallingwater staff member for this service at any point during your visit. Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs may be used on the gravel paths on the site; however, certain models of wheelchairs may have difficulty moving on our paths. A wheelchair with wide tires is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to reserve this wheelchair in advance of your visit, please contact the Visitor Services office at 724-329-8501. Hearing: Assisted Listening Devices are provided at no charge for all visitors at this time, in order to ensure social distancing during tours. For persons who suffer from profound hearing loss, we can arrange for a sign-language interpreter to conduct a tour at no extra charge. For scheduling purposes, we require a minimum advance notice of two weeks to arrange a sign-language interpreter. Vision: If you have a vision impairment, we can arrange for a more descriptive tour. Please make arrangements in advance when booking your tour, so that we may have a qualified guide available. Service Animals: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fallingwater welcomes trained service animals. Please review our service animal guidelines before visiting Fallingwater.