external image fallingwater-1.jpgFrank Lloyd Wright's famous house, Fallingwater, was built in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. Fallingwater was built as a "Tree House," acting as both a part of nature and shelter. It was to be built with materials found upon the property of the employers, the Kaufmanns. The employer, Edgar J. Kaufmann, hired Frank to build him a house in 1936. The family wished for a house near and facing the waterfall on the property, and were shocked when Frank suggested it rise out above the waterfall. After the house's completion, it served as the Kaufmann's weekend home from 1937 to 1963. The house had two wings added in 1939, a guest and service wing. In 1963, the house and everything in it were given to the Western Pennsylvania Conservacy. Fallingwater is the only Frank Lloyd Wright house with all of its original features.


The house has had some structural issues. In the 1990s, the cracks in the terrace have simply been sealed. Currently a multi-million dollar renovation project has been set into effect to fix the house's terraces. The pressure these terraces have been holding for almost seventy years has caused them to crack and sag downward. Concrete and stone will be repaired as well as a project to restore the art windows and furniture. Because this building is said to be an architectural treasure, workers are to be extremely careful on the premises of the house. Along with this, the structure was to be waterproofed to prevent the rain and snow causing further structural problems.



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