Fallingwater Begins 45th Season with New Sights and Sounds

Thu, Feb 21st 2008, 10:01. Filed under News Releases.

Mill Run, Pennsylvania — Following a recordbreaking 2007 season, when Fallingwater welcomed more than 145,000 people, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork will reopen on March 17 with new ways to both see and hear the experience. The 2008 season promises to be a lively one, with a new tour and a full slate of exhibitions at the Barn at Fallingwater. Also, to accommodate those who wish to extend their weekends, Fallingwater will now open its doors on Mondays and close on Wednesdays.

“For many visitors, seeing Fallingwater is the realization of a dream," said Lynda Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater. “Opening the doors to Fallingwater for a new season is an invigorating experience.”

Beginning every Tuesday in April and continuing through September, a new “Wildflower Walk” will guide visitors through the grounds surrounding Fallingwater. In addition to heightening their botany skills, guests will experience the calm and grandeur of Bear Run Nature Reserve. The trails surrounding the house are those used by the original owners, Edgar and Lilliane Kaufmann, and the surrounding 5,000 acres are as untouched as they were when the family purchased their summer property more than 70 years ago. The walk also provides unique vantage points of Fallingwater along the way.

New audio tours of Fallingwater are now available in Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese. The audio tours are available on CD, with CD players available for loan at the visitor center. Multilingual audio for the house tour can be downloaded onto an MP3 player as well.

Across the street from the entrance to Fallingwater, The Barn at Fallingwater is offering a full spring season of exciting exhibitions:

  • “The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright Through the Eyes of a Child,” opens March 1 and runs through May 18 before traveling to numerous locations in North America. Middle-school students photographed their unique perspectives on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. The resulting exhibition features the finest of the students’ photographs printed on canvas.
  • Julie Moir Messervy, the acclaimed author and landscape designer known for her inspired, imaginative gardens, will lead a design workshop, “Creating Home Outside,” on Saturday, March 22. Messervy’s workshop will present design ideas to help homeowners, gardeners and design professionals create unique gardens for themselves or their clients.
  • Author Nancy Horan will help WPC celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s 141st birthday on Sunday, June 8. In her acclaimed debut novel, Loving Frank, Horan illuminates the love affair between Mamah Borthwick Cheney and Wright and highlights Cheney’s profound influence on Wright.

Fallingwater’s daily regular guided tours are offered Monday and Tuesday, and Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning March 17 through Thanksgiving weekend. The tours are no longer available on Wednesdays, when Fallingwater will be closed. The In-Depth Fallingwater tour offers a detailed view of the house with photography and access to areas not available on the regular tour. This tour is offered every day Fallingwater is open at 8:30 a.m. and on selected days at 4:30 p.m. The Sunset tour is offered on Saturdays during the summer at 4:30 p.m. and offers an extended tour of the house followed by light refreshments on the terrace. Other special tours are also available at selected times throughout the year. Details are available on the Fallingwater website or by calling Visitor Services.

Last month, The U.S. Department of the Interior nominated Fallingwater to the United Nations' World Heritage Site List. The list recognizes the world's most significant cultural and natural treasures, including Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks.

For more information, visit www.fallingwater.org or call Visitor Services at 724-329-8501.

Directions

Fallingwater is easily accessible from Exit 91 of the Pennsylvania turnpike, Fallingwater is located 4 miles south of Mill Run, PA along PA Route 381.

The Barn at Fallingwater is located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve on PA Route 381, between Mill Run and Ohiopyle, just ¼ mile north of the Fallingwater entrance. Free parking is conveniently located behind the facility, and can be reached via the entry drive for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Bear Run Nature Reserve.

Additional Information

For information on exhibitions at the Barn at Fallingwater, the Bear Run Nature Reserve, or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, please telephone 724-329-8501, or visit fallingwater.org.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 75th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.