Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 miles (69 km) southeast of Pittsburgh. The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
Hailed by Time shortly after its completion as Wright’s “most beautiful job”, it is listed among Smithsonian’s Life List of 28 places “to visit before you die.” It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the “best all-time work of American architecture” and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America’s Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
At age 67, Frank Lloyd Wright was given the opportunity to re-emerge on the architectural scene with his design and construction of three buildings. His three great works of the late 1930s—Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Herbert Jacobs house in Madison, Wisconsin—brought him back into prominence in the architectural community.
Edgar Kaufmann Sr. was a successful Pittsburgh businessman and president of Kaufmann’s Department Store. His son, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., studied architecture briefly under Wright.
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The Bradley House in Kankakee, Illinois
Apparently I’ve a bit of a Frank Lloyd Wright obsession this morning, as the news of Taliesin’s Centennial made me recall another design by the architect from my childhood.
When I was very young, I remember my parents taking me, rather frequently, to a restaurant called The Yesteryear, on the banks of the Kankakee River in Kankakee, Illinois, some distance south of Chicago. My memories of it are very warm, dark, and close: of rich, polished woods; of the warmth of its fireplaces during the chills of Chicagoland winters; of my first taste of lobster, dipped in melted, herbed butter; of hearing, tangentially, of the kidnapping and murder of one of the property’s post-Yesteryear owners, a business acquaintance of my father’s.
Shockingly, none of these memories were products of my overactive childhood imagination: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bradley House actually exists, and appears to be alive and well.
Sometimes, memory can be a very delightful visitor, indeed.
[Image via Richard Cox]
The iconic architecture created by Frank Lloyd Wright has been idolized by the world over. His work can be found in many places, including New York, and California.• In 1915, the Japanese Emperor commissioned Wright to design the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. He spent the next seven years on the project, a beautiful and revolutionary building that Wright claimed was “earthquake proof.” Only one year after its completion, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 devastated the city and tested the architect’s claim. Wright’s Imperial Hotel was the city’s only large structure to survive the earthquake intact. Source:FrankLlyoydWright.com
Here’s a little history on Mr. Wright and his famous work:
by Frank Llyod Wright
Frank Lloyd Wrights home and studio. (at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio)
One of the designs by frank lloyd wright. How I can tell? The beautiful glass work on the windows.