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

(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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