I was lucky enough on my recent trip to the USA to visit a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim in New York and Robie House and other prairie style houses in Chicago. In addition, I also visited the amazing Falling Water house.


Falling Water was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family in the late 1930’s. It is located in the mountains about two hours drive south-east of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. The Kaufmann’s at the time owned a major department store in Pittsburgh (now part of the Macy’s chain).

It is amazing how this house sits within the forest, and most of us will be familiar with the stream and waterfall that goes under the house thanks to the use of an extensive cantilever system which at the time of construction was new technology. The visit was one of those experiences where every expectation was met and exceeded and I would recommend that anyone who has the chance to visit Falling Water take the opportunity. I’m sure that most of the over 4 million people that have visited the house since it was opened to the public in the 1960’s will agree. Contact Jay Hollerich at jjh@colliepl.com.au