September 25, 2009 by  

FallingWater,We left Hershey and headed west to another membership park, Roaring Run … it’s a Resorts of Distinction park.  I’ve marked it with a red pushpin in the map below.  It’s the upper pushpin.  the lower one is Fallingwater – the famous house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  It is now a tourist attraction run by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Map picture

We had to go!  It was a bit pricey – we paid $20 each – but we got a guided tour, and the guide was really good. We learned about the fact that the whole house is cantilevered – like a diving board.  We learned, and experienced, the architecture that blurs the distinction between indoors and out.  We learned that Frank Lloyd Wright hated that standard rooms were just 4-wall boxes.  His goal was to ‘destroy the box.’  He did it with glass walls – especially glass corners – as well as round edges and extra ‘cubbyhole’ corners with windows that open wide.

I especially liked the flooring.  Rock.  But not flat slate all even smooth.  It was uneven and felt like you were walking outside.  And, Wright made the furniture all built in … so it fit with everything else.  Like a yacht … or an RV!

They didn’t let you take any photos on the tour 🙁  But there are quite a few on the website.
Here’s a few from outside at different vantage points.




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