Contest #770 – Fallingwater, Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA

By lachrimae72

Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design something amazing for the weekend getaway for the owners of Kaufmann’s Department Store in Pittsburgh. Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann were nature lovers had a plot of land a couple of hours outside Pittsburgh that they felt was beautiful. Their son was an apprentice at Wright’s Tallesin Fellowship and had introduced the couple to Wright. When the cabin on thier property near the waterfall began to deteriorate, they saw an opportunity and approached Wright to design a house overlooking the falls.

After visiting the site, he gave took a slightly different approach. He designed a cantilevered house built OVER the falls. Each room in the house would not only be afforded a view of some of the falls, but the whole house would ring with the sound of the falling water (hence the name) and carry the energy that motion conveyed. The Kaufmanns HATED the idea at first, but eventually relented and allowed construction to begin in early 1936. That didn’t mean the drama was over — there were many, many differences of opinion between Wright, the main contractor, and the Kauffmans (and the engineers they hired when they weren’t sure the design was safe). The original $35,000 cost estimate blew up to $155,000 (about $3.5 Million dollars in today’s value) by the time the project was done in 1941.

Those who found the house before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • John-john Ken
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Andy McConnell
  • Eloy Cano
  • Bas van Limpt
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse

and after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Heidi Ibrahim
  • LawnBoy
  • David Kozina
  • Andreas Meister
  • Tamas Ny

Complements of contest #766, we have a single perfect score for this series. Congratulations to Lighthouse for a superbly played series. Close on her heels is Phil Ower with 19 points, and Martin de Bock, Paul Voestermans, Garfield, and Graham Hedley with 18 each.