By Jay Lloyd

MILL RUN, Pa. (CBS) — A fall foliage getaway to Western Pennsylvania can yield a visual treat at one of America’s architectural treasures: Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater.”

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Set in the rugged Allegheny Mountains against a backdrop of rushing water, boulder formations, and deep woods, Wright designed Fallingwater as a wilderness home for a prominent Pittsburgh family.

To the eye, the home appears to have a waterfall cascading from its cantilevered terraces. But Fallingwater director Linda Waggoner says, not quite.

“It’s over a waterfall,” she explains. “The waterfall does not go through the house.”

But, she adds, the home does take its inspiration from the cascading water:

“The house hovers out over the waterfall.”

(A tour group takes in Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater."  Photo by Jay Lloyd)

(A tour group takes in Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater.” Photo by Jay Lloyd)


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The colors and materials blend into the surroundings, and every room and terrace provides stunning vistas.

The overall effect is a unique brand of exhilaration.

“This is a grown-up’s tree house, in many ways,” Waggoner says.

Tours take an hour, and you can spend a day on the grounds.  It’s visually dynamic.


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