I have always said, if I were smarter in math I would have hands down become an architect. There is just something about the way some buildings are built. I love all the aged old buildings in downtown areas with curves and character. They just tell me a story with their beauty and whimsy. Ah, to be the designer of such a thing would have been amazing.. but alas, numbers just look like squiggly lines to me and I chose art school instead! I actually took an intro to architecture class in high school and I was totally psyched. I walked in on the first day and picked out my drafting table. It felt awesome, then throughout the course, we were designing a ranch style home, AAAAND my bathroom ended up being the largest room in the house. Oops. Apparently dimensions didn’t compute in my mind back then. I soon realized that I may not have what it takes to be an architect, but it didn’t stop me from falling in love with it even still.
When I started to learn about styles and fixtures and real estate in general I started to learn about the architects who concocted these beauties, and one day my world changed. I found a home where a waterfall was said to run underneath. This architect liked to incorporate nature into his designs and it sounded beautiful. I was in junior high when we turned the page in our history books to Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Falling Water. It was the home with the waterfall running underneath it. It took my breath away. I think that is when I honestly fell in love with contemporary styles and it is the style I still lean to often. I made it a mental priority to visit one day and promptly added it to the growing list of bucket list items running through my mind on a daily basis.
Fast forward several years… I am excited to say that I was FINALLY able to cross this place off my list. But, saddened that with it being so close it took me this many years. It was however, more than worth the wait. The sweetie and I headed down these heavily treed streets that were just beautiful for what felt like forever. We drove and winded through just looking for a sign to point us in the right direction. Once we finally found it, it was like nothing I could have imagined. I knew it would be beautiful. I knew it would take my breath away, and I knew the elated feelings that would creep up in my stomach, but still I had NO idea….
For this site, I learned that it’s a safe bet to make reservations if possible because it’s a very busy place. We were fortunate because we got to go in pretty quickly, and did I mention it was fall..so can you just imagine that beautiful canvas of colorful leaves as a backdrop. Siggggh… I wish I could just move in. When we drove in it was like a beautiful park that had a gift store and a small dining area. It was beautiful and contemporary all on it’s own and I was jumping up and down waiting for our turn to get to go in. I usually post pictures through out my stories, but for this one, I wanted to keep you in suspense. We walked down the wooden stairs through a tree lined path and down what once would have been the driveway to this spectacular home. When we finally came upon it through the trees, I sucked in a breath of air. It was everything I imagined, and that was before I even saw the inside or the full view of the waterfall.
Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos of the inside of the house, but I can tell you it is as stunning as the outside. The whole house encompasses nature through and through. It opens the doors and windows to the natural world and just invites it inside. In my humble opinion Frank Lloyd Wright was way before his time. His work is a labor of love and it shows in every project he has done. This home had stone, wood, plants, etc. Out back there was a swimming pool to complete the house and nature just surrounds every inch of it. Ahhh, I love it and just want to go back! After the tour was concluded, we went around to the famous side of the home where you can see the creek and the water fall.
I am being totally honest in saying, when I saw this site, my eyes welled up with tears. To actually see a place that you’ve always wanted to see is amazing. When that site blows away any expectations you had, it is just life changing. If you love architecture, or just nature this is a must see in your life time. It’s close to the hotel I posted below, Gettysburg and Hershy’s Chocolate World. I just don’t have enough great things to say to express my love for this place. If you’re in PA I highly recommend seeing it.
Fallingwater | Homewww.fallingwater.org/
1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464