Tucked Away in The Mountains of Pennsylvania is This Architectural Landmark

Melissa Frost

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If you're into architecture, odds are you've heard of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959).

He designed 1,114 architectural works of all types, 532 of which were realized.

"Buildings must be sincere"

From the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City to Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, pictured above, he created some of the most innovative spaces in the United States and is considered to be the greatest American architect of all time.

Wright believed that architecture could be genuinely transformative, and he devoted his life to creating a total aesthetic that would enhance society’s well-being. “Above all integrity,” he would say: “buildings like people must first be sincere, must be true.”

It wasn't just about the buildings, but also about the people occupying them.


One of his most famous works, Fallingwater, can be found nestled in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania - Laurel Highlands - in Mill Run.

The house was designed by Wright in 1935 for the Kaufmann family, owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store. As one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, Fallingwater exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: The harmonious union of art and nature.

It's pure beauty.

Today, Fallingwater is owned and operated by the Conservancy and is open to the public to tour as a museum. Surrounded by 5,100 acres of natural land, streams and trails, this place is simply stunning. Since opening to the public in 1964, the space has welcomed over six million visitors from across the globe.

World heritage list

In 2019, UNESCO inscribed Fallingwater and seven other Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings to the World Heritage List. Fallingwater is also 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.

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