America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, designed Fallingwater for his clients, the Kaufmann family.
It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is entrusted to preserve Fallingwater for generations to come.
The purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s operation of Fallingwater is:
- to preserve, maintain and make available for public education and appreciation Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater
- to demonstrate by the example of Fallingwater the powerful result that can be achieved through the harmonious union of man’s work with nature
- to maintain in Fallingwater its character as a weekend home of the period it was occupied by its owners, Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann (occupied 1937 to 1955) and their son, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. (occupied 1937 to 1963)
- to preserve its original furnishings, art and household objects, exhibiting them as naturally as possible in what is now a public museum
- to conserve the land and watershed into which Fallingwater was designed to fit, as a continuing source of inspiration through a 5000 acre nature reserve intended for both recreation and study
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy believes that Fallingwater is more than the sum of its parts: the architect, the client, the architecture, the art, the land and the period. It is the inspired coming together of these parts that makes Fallingwater a great work worthy of preservation.