Angelina Jolie Takes Brad Pitt to Fallingwater
for His Birthday
Just before 3 p.m. on December 7, Brad Pitt got his birthday gift from Angelina Jolie as the most famous couple in the world arrived in snowy Mill Run, Pa to tour Fallingwater.
“He’s so hard to buy for,” Jolie told Fallingwater’s staff members during their visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork.
“Brad said he had wanted to experience Fallingwater ever since he took an architectural history course in college,” Fallingwater’s Curator of Education Cara Armstrong said. “He and I talked quite a bit about design and art. He was incredibly well informed about architecture.”
The couple took a two-hour private focused tour of Fallingwater, led by Armstrong, who described the couple as “very gracious and very engaged in the house. As we say in the midwest, you could tell their mothers raised them right.”
“Brad said he had a visual sense of Fallingwater but experiencing it in person, hearing the sound of the waterfall cascading under the house and smelling the wood from the fireplace, was better than anything he could have imagined,” Armstrong said. During their visit, both Pitt and Jolie commented on the beauty of the winter landscape of the Laurel Highlands, where Fallingwater is located.
After the tour, Angelina had arranged to have champagne and caviar sent in, which the couple shared in a private birthday celebration in Fallingwater’s living room. Afterward, they invited the staff to join them and encouraged them to take the “snacks” home.
Arrangements for this intimate birthday celebration began about a week before Thanksgiving when staff at Fallingwater received a call from Jolie’s personal assistant in Asia. The assistant was reluctant to provide the names of the couple but relented when Fallingwater Event Coordinator Edna King assured her she would be discreet.
Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Dennis Miller visited Fallingwater in July 2006. See photo.
A National Historic Landmark and an official project of the Save America’s Treasures program, Fallingwater was designated the Commonwealth Treasure of 2000 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In 2001, National Geographic Traveler magazine named Fallingwater one of 50 “Places of a Lifetime.” On November 2, the National Trust for Historic Preservation honored the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for Excellence of Stewardship of Historic Sites, commemorating its ongoing preservation work at Fallingwater.
About Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has been entrusted with preserving Fallingwater®, the masterpiece home built by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. The WPC protects, conserves and restores land and water for the diversity of the region's plants, animals and their ecosystems. Through science-based strategies, collaboration, leadership and recognition of the relationship between humankind and nature, WPC achieves tangible conservation outcomes for present and future generations. For information, visit www.fallingwater.org and www.paconserve.org.