Architecture & History

"I want you to live with the waterfall, not just to look at it, but for it to become an integral part of your lives."

-Frank Lloyd Wright



Designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934 for the Edgar J Kaufmann family. The house was built partly over a waterfall in the Mill Run area of the Laurel Highlands. Fallingwater is listed among the Smithsonian magazine's Life List of 28 places to visit. All tours through Fallingwater are guided tours led by professional interpreters. If you are on a budget or only want to view the grounds and outside of Fallingwater you can purchase a Grounds only ticket. Advance ticket purchase or reservations are essential for all tours at Fallingwater.


Designed on a hexagonal module, Kentuck Knob is a one story Usonian house. Usonian, meaning affordable for the average American, was a signature design of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both dramatic and serene, the house, situated just below the crest of the hill, appears almost part of the mountain itself and stands 2,050 feet above sea level. As an open floor plan, cantilevered overhangs and great expanses of glass effortlessly integrate the inside with the outside.


The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage was set for the American Revolution.