Free Fallingwater Tours for Fayette County Residents
Tue, Nov 13th 2007, 13:59. Filed under News Releases.
(Mill Run, Pennsylvania.) — Free Fallingwater tours are available to all residents of Fayette County during Fallingwater’s annual Fayette County Appreciation Days. Appreciation Days are Friday, November 16, and Sunday, November 18, 2007, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. On these days, Fayette County residents receive free admission to a regular tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.
Fallingwater’s café will offer a Thanksgiving lunch special available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. on Appreciation Days. To guarantee admittance, advance reservations for tours are essential. Please call 724-329-8501 for information and reservations.
Fayette County residents were instrumental in creating Fallingwater, voted "the best all-time work of American architecture” by a poll of members of the American Institute of Architects. Walter Hall, a Pennsylvania builder and admirer of Wright’s work, supervised a crew of local workers in building Fallingwater. He coaxed fine craftsmanship out of his young crew, who developed building skills that remained with them all their lives.
Fallingwater still offers a variety of opportunities for local residents interested in contributing their time and talents to this important architectural landmark located in our own backyard. Information about becoming a Fallingwater Volunteer will be available at the Visitor’s Center.
The landmark also acts as a learning resource for Fayette County students. More than 2,000 local students visited the historic site this past spring without cost thanks to Fallingwater’s participation in the State Department of Community and Economic Development's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. After visiting Fallingwater, Ben Franklin Jr. High student Matthew Daniels said, “After seeing that wonderful house, I realized that even in the smallest of towns, amazing things can happen.”
More recently, 6 young people from Uniontown and Connellsville worked with a professional photographer and explored the site through their cameras. Their photographs were displayed in Chicago and will be exhibited at the Barn at Fallingwater in spring 2008 before moving on to Springfield, Ohio, and then the Toronto Photography Festival, the largest photography festival in the world.
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.”
Fallingwater Public Tour Coordinator
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.