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August 2011

Fallingwater will be Proposed to the United Nations World Heritage List

Fallingwater in the twilight hours

Fallingwater in the twilight hours.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he will propose Fallingwater and 10 other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to be considered as U.S. nominations for the United Nations' World Heritage List.

"Thanks to the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for their efforts in spearheading this nomination. We are delighted with the news," said Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater's director and vice president of Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. "However, there is still a great deal of work to do in preparing the final application to the World Heritage Centre in Paris. The honor could not have come at a better time, as this year Fallingwater celebrates its 75th Anniversary."

The list, administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), recognizes other world-renowned and culturally significant landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza, which are noted for their "outstanding universal value."

Salazar stated that "the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright are a testament to one of the world's foremost architectural geniuses. They deserve to be recognized as World Heritage sites."

The final decision on inclusion on the list will be made by the World Heritage Committee, composed of representatives from 21 nations and advised by the International Council on Monuments and Sites. The U.S. nominations will likely be formally nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in 2013, for possible inclusion on the World Heritage List in 2014.

Eleven iconic, intact, innovative and influential Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) properties were selected to represent his portfolio of more than 400 buildings. They span almost 60 years of his efforts to create an "organic architecture" that attracted widespread international attention and powerfully affected the course of modern architecture around the world, as well as in the United States.

The properties include Wright's own two homes, studios and schools, as well as four residences he designed for others, two office complexes, a place of worship, a museum, and a governmental complex. The other 10 properties are:

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