Our 2012 Travels travel blog

Park Entrance

Entrance to the Registration Area

Path to the Registration Area

Registration Area

Museum Shop

One of two Cafes

Chicken Salad Lunch

Brei, squash and apple panini

Cafe

Path to the house

It is a 5 minute walk

First look at Fallingwater

That is our group waiting for the tour

Our guide and Lee

Steps from Living Room down to creek

artwork

some of the windows in the home

The Guest House at the Top

Roof over the walk to the Guest House

walking down the steps from the Guest House

Turn this corner and you can enter the Main House

Going up the steps to the Guest House

Path to the main house from the guest house

Looking down from the Guest House

Front of the Guest House

Swimming Pool at the Guest House

Only room you can take pictures in - not original to the...

The four car ports

Driveway to the home

Our guide hanging over a balcony to see the waterfall

Small Fountain

Another look at the fountain

Living Room Level and balcony - upper level is off master bedroom

This balcony is off another bedroom

Views of the house from across the creek

 

 


This morning we headed over to see Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous homes. We had visited a modest Wright home in Ohio so we decided to see one on the other end of the spectrum. We had made a reservation for a tour of the house over the internet as it seems like in the summer you might not get in if you just arrive without tickets.

We registered at the counter and found that we could take the next tour but we decided to have some lunch first in one of their two cafes. We couldn't decide what we wanted so we decided to order two different meals and share them. Their food was pretty good but not spectacular, however, the setting was really nice. It turned out to be a really good idea because the tour we could have taken was pretty full and we ended up in one that had only five people in it. It was easier getting into the rooms at the home and it was easier to hear our guide.

After lunch we spent some time in the Museum and Gift Shop. While we were looking around, they called our group and we walked down the path to the house where we would meet our guide. They told us it was about a five minute walk and that was about right.

There is an interesting stairway coming down from the living room into the creek. The living room has a large glass box that surrounds the steps and then slides in when they want to use the stairs to the creek. There is a plunge area where the water is deep enough to swim in. Behind the steps, the water becomes the falls that drop over the cliff.

There is a swimming pool for the guests at the Guest House level and the water looks to be dark green. It looks like it needs cleaning but our guide said it was almost always green because the algae sticks to the sides of the pool. When they clean it, it looks green within a week. They say the water is fine to swim in and the water isn't green, just the sides and bottom of the pool are but I don't think I would like swimming in it. Apparently, they did though.

One of the first things you notice are all the steps in the house and the size of the hallways and stairways. They are almost all very narrow and I wouldn't want to try to move any furniture in through them. It looks to be impossible. Of course, Frank Lloyd Wright built the furniture for the room and it was built in.

The only room that you can take pictures in is a room behind the garages. This room was actually added and they added the glass behind the carports for the family vehicles. Frank Lloyd Wright did not like garages so they didn't have one of those. He thought they just caused a bunch of clutter to accumulate. This room is now used mainly to talk guests into donating to the upkeep of the house. It is furnished in the same style that Frank Lloyd Wright used in the rest of the house except I like the colors here better.

Frank Lloyd Wright is definitely an artistic architect but, frankly, I like convenience, practicality and comfort in my homes. I would want a garage, a nice functional kitchen with counter space, comfortable furniture that I can move around, less steps, screens on the windows (especially if you are living in the woods), air conditioning, carpet instead of rock floors, and much larger bedrooms and beds! What I really don't like about his homes is that they are really dark especially in the hallways. He believed that you want to spend less time in the hall and then feel like the room you enter is opening up to you. He did that by keeping the hallways dark, lowering bedroom ceilings and having large windows in the bedrooms. But the lowered ceiling gives me a feeling of being cooped up. I do love all the balconies on this house but I'm afraid I wouldn't want to live over the creek. If I were the couple that was building this house, I would have wanted to be across from the waterfall and have a balcony facing it so I could enjoy that sight every day. However, the house is very impressive looking as you can see.



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