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Fallingwater is the most famous modern house in America. Indeed, readers of the Journal of the American Institute of Architects voted it the best American building of the last 125 years! Annually, more than 128,000 visitors seek out Fallingwater in its remote mountain site in southwestern Pennsylvania. Considered Frank Lloyd Wright's domestic masterpiece, the house is recoFallingwater is the most famous modern house in America. Indeed, readers of the Journal of the American Institute of Architects voted it the best American building of the last 125 years! Annually, more than 128,000 visitors seek out Fallingwater in its remote mountain site in southwestern Pennsylvania. Considered Frank Lloyd Wright's domestic masterpiece, the house is recognized worldwide as the paradigm of organic architecture, where a building becomes an integral part of its natural setting.This charming and provocative book is the work of the man best qualified to undertake it, who was both apprentice to Wright and son of the man who commissioned the house. Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., closely followed the planning and construction of Fallingwater, and lived in the house on weekends and vacations for twenty-seven years-until, following the deaths of his parents, he gave the house in 1963 to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to hold for public enjoyment and appreciation.This is a personal, almost intimate record of one man's fifty-year relationship to a work of genius that only gradually revealed its complexities and originality. With full appreciation of the intentions of both architect and client, Mr. Kaufmann described this remarkable building in detail, telling of its extraordinary virtues but not failing to reveal its faults. One section of the book focuses on the realities of Fallingwater as architecture. A famous building right from its beginnings (only partly because it was Wright's first significant commission in more than a decade), Fallingwater has accumulated considerable publicity and analysis-much of it off the mark. Mr. Kaufmann outlined and dealt with the common misunderstandings that have obscured the building's true values and supplied accurate information and interpretations. In another section Mr. Kaufmann provided an in-depth essay on the subtleties of Fallingwater, the ideology underlying its esthetics. A key element of this is the close interweaving of the house and its rugged, challenging setting, which he explicated in fascinating detail.The author maintained throughout the direct approach of one who knew and loved Fallingwater. As an apprentice and loyal admirer of the architect, Mr. Kaufmann was well attuned to the architecture. And as a retired professor of architectural history and frequent lecturer and panelist, he had considerable experience in presenting and interpreting Wright's ideas. Thoroughly versed in the books, articles, drawings, and buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. Kaufmann was eminently situated to place Fallingwater in that context. This unique record was presented in celebration of Fallingwater's fiftieth anniversary.Special features of this volume include: numerous never-before published photographs of the house under construction, during its entire history, and of the family in residence; a room-by-room pictorial survey in full color taken especially for this volume; isometric architectural perspectives that explain visually how the house was constructed; and the first accurate, measured plans of the house as built....

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ISBN : 9780896596627
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 190 Pages
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Fallingwater: A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House Reviews

  • Tony
    2019-04-03 01:39

    FALLING WATER, A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House. (1986). Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. ****.This is a coffee-table-sized book that is profusely illustrated that outlines the complete history of this historic house in SW Pennsylvania. I’ve visited the house twice so far, and each time I’ve discovered something new. It pays to pick a different season each time you visit it. It clearly shows the talent of Mr. Wright in blending his structures in with their respective environments. What struck me was how much a part of the surrounding woods and waterfall the house became. In this tribute to the house and the architect written by the owner’s son, the development of the house from initial ideation to ultimate furnishing is laid out in photos and drawings. The owner, the Kaufmann of Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh, PA, collaborated with Mr. Wright to fully develop their joint ideas. To try and describe the house itself – without pictures – would be next to impossible. I’m sure that there are photos on the internet that would help. If you can find a copy of this book, pick it up. It is well worth the read. Recommended.

  • Bill Hurlbut
    2019-04-13 21:48

    A lovingly detailed description of the most famous house in America. Edgar Kaufmann, son of the family that commissioned the house from Frank Lloyd Wright, is a architect himself and has a long relationship with the house and the conservancy that now protects it. His intimate familiarity with its construction and his clear love for the many artistic achievements this house represents are evident in these pages. It includes some of Wright's original drawings for the house, floorplans and elevations, and a wealth of gorgeous pictures.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-04 20:01

    I'm not sure this is the book I read. I don't remember any detail about the history of the house: just the pictures, technical diagrams, etc, with captions. Maybe it was a different book.I'm not even sure this is where I heard that the place was hard to live in because the soundproofing was inadequate, and the waterfall was LOUD. But it may be from this book.

  • Maura
    2019-04-01 20:44

    Just visited the place and bought the book there. Photos are wonderful and text does a nice job explaining the background of the house. Liked that there were architectural drawings of house included.

  • Scott Fuchs
    2019-03-30 22:01

    This will get you as close to the house as is possible without being there.Five stars for a six star house!