I had the chance to visit this epic, architectural dream back when I was in PA for the Black Forest Trail hike. This isn't a traditional "getting outdoors" post, but somehow Wright's indoor spaces are so perfectly integrated with their natural surroundings that it really felt like an outdoorsy trip.
I've always wanted to visit this building and, having now been inside of it, can say that its definitely one of those places that photos simply don't do justice to. And, unfortunately, photos aren't even *allowed* inside, so I can't even try with the beautiful, mid-century modern interior. But here's the exterior. Above, you can see the waterfall emerging from the bottom floor of the house. In fact, there's a door to the living room that opens onto a stairway, which descends into the water. Apparently in the summer the original residents would cool off in the stream and come right back indoors. You can see those stairs below.
Fallingwater has been called one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in America, and it's not hard to see why. This home is highlights and enhances the environment around it. Indoors, there are even water features that flow from the outside directly through the house. The home features Wright's characteristic large, open living spaces ("great rooms"), flanked by small, cave-like (in a good way!) retreats of bedrooms and offices, with tons of built in features (desks, shelves, etc.). Can you even imagine living in this home? It makes me heartsick to think of the prospect.
As a side note, I also more recently had a chance to visit Taliesin West, Wright's west-coast architectural school in Scottsdale, AZ. It too did not disappoint, and was even more so one of those places that you really have to visit to experience (pictures just don't work, but here's a shot). Wright built this structure as a winter retreat from the original Taliesin ("Taliesin East") in Wisconsin (read: cold). Unfortunately, I visited in the summer, so experienced the full delight of the Arizona sun. Luckily, the guides hand out red umbrellas to all visitors to protect them from the harsh rays of the desert sun. Surrounded by cactus wrens, Gambel's quails, classic saguaro cacti, and palo verde trees, this desert oasis is well worth a visit, though to be "Frank" (sorry): it's hard to beat Fallingwater.