House Fallingwater / Pittsburgh / USA

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House & Hotel Magazine likes “Fallingwater”. We just found it by accident. It is a very special house that is built over a waterfall. Today it is a National Historic Landmark. The house, that doesn’t even appear to stand on solid ground, but instead stretches out over a waterfall. Such structure captured everyone minds right after first publications about it. It was designed as weekend retreat for the Kaufmann family and finished in 1934. Since 1963 it is opened to the public. Nowadays, there are a lot of products on the market that tell the history of the house, shows its beautiful architecture and even Lego building kits that allow kids to re-create their own Fallingwater house.
Edgar Kaufmann Sr. was a successful Pittsburgh businessman and president of Kaufmann’s Department Store.
The Kaufmans lived in “La Tourelle” and never missed an opportunity to charm a potential client, they owned property outside Pittsburgh with a waterfall and cabins they used as a rural retreat.
1934 the architect Wright asked for a survey of the area around the waterfall.
It was at this time that Kaufmann first became aware that Wright intended to build the home above the falls, rather than below them to afford a view of the cascades as he had expected.It is said that Kaufmann was initially very upset that Wright had designed the house to sit atop the falls.
Once Wright had decided the location of the house, he had the obvious problem of building it there. The location of the north bank of Bear Run was not large enough to provide a foundation for a typically built Wright house.
Beyond this issue, there were also the clients’ needs that had to be met. The Kaufmanns planned to entertain large groups of people, so the house would need to be larger than the plot allowed. Also, Mr. and Mrs. Kaufmann requested separate bedrooms as well as a bedroom for their adult son and an additional guest room….
Hmm, nice story, it looks great.

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