Mill Run, Pa. — March 7, 2019 – Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater will reopen for the 56th tour season on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Since opening for its first tour in 1964, Fallingwater has welcomed a diverse range of visitors from around the world. Fallingwater, designed by Wright in 1935, is open to the public as a museum and is designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure.
To tour Fallingwater, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged due to space limitations. For more information or to purchase tour tickets, visit Fallingwater.org or call visitor services at 724-329-8501.
Traditional and Specialty Tours
Fallingwater’s traditional hour-long guided house tours provide visitors with insights into Wright’s architecture and design philosophy while viewing the major rooms of the house. Tours run from March 9 through December 31, except on Wednesdays. A variety of specialty tours are also offered, including the two-hour In-Depth Tour, during which photography for personal use is permitted. Starting in May, Fallingwater offers Focus, Brunch and Sunset tours that include a light meal on a private terrace at Fallingwater.
Along with guided house tours, Fallingwater visitors have additional opportunities to learn about Fallingwater’s history and collections through a temporary exhibition in the visitor center’s Speyer Gallery. The exhibition “Kaufmann’s Summer Camp – For an Ideal Vacation” will highlight the decades prior to Fallingwater’s construction when the property was used as a summer camp by local Masons groups and Kaufmann’s Department Store employees. Objects and photographs from the Fallingwater collections will be on display, as well as a site model based on a 1920 survey.
The Fallingwater Institute
A variety of residencies, workshops and classes are available to high school and college students, teachers, design professionals and adult learners through the Fallingwater Institute. Participants gain a deeper knowledge, understanding and analysis of Fallingwater and Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas of organic architecture by exploring sustainable design practices through hands-on exercises. Working independently and as teams, participants are challenged to think creatively to solve design challenges. Fallingwater Institute programs are held at various times throughout the year at Fallingwater, which provides a stimulating setting for learning and collaborating. Advanced registration is required.
Fayette County Appreciation Days
Fallingwater will again offer free admission to Fayette County residents during its Fayette County Appreciation Days on Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, November 17. Last year, more than 1,400 Fayette County residents visited Fallingwater during Fayette County Appreciation Days. Fallingwater is located in the Laurel Highlands in Mill Run, Pa., Fayette County. County residents had an important role in Fallingwater’s history and remain actively involved as staff or volunteers in its ongoing preservation, interpretation and stewardship. Advance reservations for tours are essential to guarantee admittance. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are encouraged to call 724-329-8501 for information and reservations.
Fallingwater is also accepting applications for volunteer opportunities for the 2019 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 email@example.com and are encouraged to apply by mid-April.
Wright at Polymath Park
Fallingwater also takes tour reservations for Wright at Polymath Park, a collection of two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed houses and two from Peter Berndtson, a Wright apprentice. These homes provide examples of Wright’s Usonian-style architecture and his visionary design techniques. Polymath Park is located in Acme, Pa., which is approximately 22 miles from Fallingwater.
A photo of Fallingwater has been made available courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: https://we.tl/ARoWBh4VtO
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 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 was donated to WPC in 1963 and symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 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 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.
Senior Administrator of Special Projects, Fallingwater
Director of Communications, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy