Mill Run, Pa. — March 10 – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater will officially open on Saturday, March 12 for its 52nd tour season. Since opening for its first tour in 1964, Fallingwater has welcomed more than 4.5 million visitors from around the world. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged due to space limitations for tours. For more information or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, visit Fallingwater.org or call Visitor Services at 724-329-8501.
Fallingwater Guided House Tours are offered daily – except Wednesdays – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Thanksgiving weekend.
Visitors may also participate in specialty tours, such as the In-Depth Tour, which provide a detailed overview and deeper perspective of the house, its collections and architecture. This two-hour tour offers access to secondary spaces not available on the regular tour. The number of visitors on this tour is limited and interior still photography is permitted for personal use only.
The Focus Tour offers groups of up to four people a private extended tour led by a senior staff member. The visit begins with a walk down the original drive to the house and ends with a private luncheon prepared by Fallingwater’s chef. Please call Monica Jackson at 724-329-7842 to reserve Focus Tour tickets.
A Brunch Tour is available on most Saturdays and Sundays from May through September. On this tour, participants spend nearly two hours in the house with an experienced guide, followed by brunch on Fallingwater’s covered terrace as Bear Run flows beneath the house.
New this year, Fallingwater is now booking tours for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Duncan House at Polymath Park, a Wright-designed prefabricated house completed in 1957 for a site in Lisle, Ill. The house was relocated to Acme, Pa. in 2007 near two houses designed by Peter Berndtson, a former apprentice to Wright. Together, the houses are open for guided tours that showcase the innovation of Wright and the ways in which his ideas were translated by Berndtson for his clients. Tickets are available at Fallingwater.org.
Fayette County Appreciation Days
Fallingwater will offer free admission to Fayette County residents during its Fayette County Appreciation Day on Sunday, March 20, funded by the Jack Buncher Foundation through their Buncher Family Free Days program. Fayette County Days are also available later in 2017, on November 18 and 20.
Last year, more than 900 Fayette County residents visited Fallingwater during Fayette County Appreciation Days. Advance reservations for tours are essential to guarantee admittance. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Residents are encouraged to call 724-329-8501 for information and reservations.
Education Workshops and Opportunities
This summer, Fallingwater will offer weeklong-residency opportunities for high school students, college students and teachers. These studio-based programs take place onsite at Fallingwater’s fully equipped studio and the new educational facility, called High Meadow. These unique experiences, designed for adults and students, emphasize architecture as a tool for learning and personal transformation. For more information on educational programming at Fallingwater, please contact Amy Humbert, education programs coordinator, at 724-329-7829 or visit Fallingwater.org/36/.
Fallingwater is also accepting applications for volunteer opportunities for the 2016 season. Residents from nearby communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Fallingwater volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two days per month from May through October.
Interested volunteers may apply by contacting Marie Woof, volunteer coordinator, at 724-329-7826 or firstname.lastname@example.org and are encouraged to apply by mid-April.
Exhibitions, Lectures and Book Signings
Fallingwater visitors may register to attend lectures and book signings presented by architectural experts and authors. Details about these periodic special events will be posted on Fallingwater.org as they become available.
Visitors can also view the 2016 exhibit, “Before and After Fallingwater: Benno Janssen’s and Richard Neutra’s Houses for the Kaufmanns,” opening in April.
“We are very excited for visitors to explore this year’s exhibition in Fallingwater’s Speyer Gallery,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater. “‘Before and After Fallingwater’ focuses on two important houses commissioned by the Kaufmanns, one in Pittsburgh by Benno Janssen and the other in Palm Springs by Richard Neutra.”
A photo has been made available courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: http://bit.ly/24SHXx2
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 130 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.
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