Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Pittsburgh Sights

Fallingwater

  • 1491 Mill Run Rd. Map It
  • Mill Run
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Fodor's Review

About an hour and a half southeast of Pittsburgh is Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's residential masterwork—a stone, concrete, and glass house dramatically cantilevered over a waterfall. In 1936, Edgar J. Kaufmann—who'd made a fortune as owner of Kaufmann's, Pittsburgh's premier department store—hired Wright to design a weekend retreat for his family on a piece of land in Mill Run. Wright's design incorporated much of what was already on the site, including rocks,

trees, and a rushing creek. Battles of will between Kaufmann and Wright over the details of the house design became legendary. Wright wanted to cover the concrete parapets of the house with gold leaf; Kaufmann didn't. Kaufmann wanted a swimming pool on one of the balconies; Wright didn't. And so on. Despite their many differences, they produced an amazing house. The only way to see the house is on a guided tour; children under six cannot tour the house. Reservations are essential for the detailed tour.

Read More

Sight Information

Address:

1491 Mill Run Rd., Mill Run, Pennsylvania, 15464, United States

Map It

Phone:

724-329–8501

Sight Details:

  • $16, includes a tour; detailed tours $55 (available early morning only)
  • Mid-Mar.–late Nov., Tues.–Sun. 10–4, Dec. weekends 11–3, week between Christmas and New Year's Day 11–3; closed Jan. and Feb.

Advertisement

Map View

Map of



What's Nearby

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

By Michael

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jul 25, 2004

Boring waters

Not anywhere near as inspirational as billed. Guide information weak and the facility was far too crowded. Over-commercialised and underwhelmed.

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?

Experience

Ease

Value

Don't Miss

Advertisement