A New Season at Fallingwater Offers an Escape to Nature

Tue, Feb 24th 2009, 15:03. Filed under News Releases.

Mill Run, Pennsylvania — February 24, 2009 – Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork located in Mill Run, Pa., opens its doors for the 2009 season on March 16. The new season, which features exhibitions and lectures as well as expanded tour options, comes on the heels of record-breaking visitation in 2008, when Fallingwater welcomed 153,000 guests.

“Fallingwater provides an escape from the everyday world. It is an extraordinarily powerful place like no other. Here people can experience for themselves the serenity and genius of great architecture intimately connected to nature,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president and director of Fallingwater.

Beginning March 16 through Thanksgiving weekend, daily guided tours will be held Monday and Tuesday, as well as Thursday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In-Depth tours are available every day that Fallingwater is open at 8:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m., through mid-October. The In-Depth tour offers a detailed view of the house and permits photography as well as access to areas not available on the regular tour.

The Sunset tour, which is offered on Saturdays during the summer at 4:30 p.m., provides an extended tour of the house followed by light refreshments on the terrace. Other special tours, such as the Focus Tour and the Sunday Brunch Tour, are available at selected times throughout the year.

Visitors to Fallingwater also may register to attend lectures led by senior staff members:

  • Thursdays at 2 p.m., May through November: Fallingwater: A Place for Renewal. The Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its absolute best. Learn how architect, client, and site came together to create a house designed for living in harmony with nature.
  • Fridays at 2 p.m., May through November: Fallingwater Faces. Listen to oral histories and hear about the people who first settled in the Bear Run area. Learn how a wealthy Pittsburgh family came to know the area, which was perfectly suited for a summer camp and later, a private retreat into nature. “Meet” the clients, the architect and the craftsmen who created Fallingwater.

The Visitors Center will feature several new exhibitions during the 2009 season, including:

  • June 19 – August 21: Meadow Run Photography by artist Fritz Kinzel. A resident of New York, Kinzel visits Western Pennsylvania each year to photograph the Laurel Highlands. This exhibition examines the subtleties of rock-bottom streams, primarily Meadow Run, a nearby tributary of the Youghiogheny River.
  • August 26 – October 30: Edgar Kaufmann, jr. Drawings. This collection of sketches and paintings by Edgar Kaufmann, jr. from the Fallingwater archives highlights his artistic talent and his apprenticeship with Austrian artist Victor Hammer.
  • November 13 – January 3: The Sixth Annual Laurel Highlands Photo Contest. This amateur photo contest, sponsored by the Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau and exhibited at The Barn at Fallingwater, highlights the beauty of the Laurel Highlands. Photos range from scenic landscapes to families enjoying themselves at local attractions.

Reservations for tours, lectures and exhibits are highly recommended. For more information, visit Fallingwater.org or call Visitor Services at 724-329-8501.

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

     1491 Mill Run Road
     Mill Run, PA 15464

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 (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 77th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 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 152,000 annual visitors.

Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2008, WPC partnered with more than 8,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.

Media contact:
     Stephanie Kraynick
     Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
     (412) 586-2358

Photos are available upon request.

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.