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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer | May 16, 1993
It must have been quite a shock for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann and his wife, Liliane, when architect Frank Lloyd Wright presented them with plans he had drawn for their weekend home in the woods of southwestern Pennsylvania.The couple had envisioned a secluded house facing a 20-foot waterfall on their property. Instead, the acclaimed architect chose to hide the cascading water from their view with an unconventional and daring design that placed the house over the water and on top of the falls.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
On Gibson Island, where no two homes are alike, a magnificent 1960s modern house sits on 1.8 acres of wooded property at the highest point in the area, and is on the market for $1.29 million. Often referred to as the "treehouse," 703 Skywater Road was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born architect who began his career with famous architect I. M. Pei. The home's exterior composition features glass, steel and stone. The open interior features a mahogany ceiling throughout, a massive stone fireplace, walnut built-in shelves and doors, slate and ceramic tile flooring, glass walls, and vintage St. Charles steel kitchen cabinets (the same used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Pennsylvania masterpiece, Fallingwater)
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 1998
Is this a house in Eldersburg or is it Fallingwater?Katherine and Spottswood Bird's home may look familiar to those who know the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Like Wright's Fallingwater, which was built on a waterfall, the Bird home merges with its natural surroundings. Instead of being built on the land, it is built into the land, seemingly rising out of the rolling landscape.Like Fallingwater, water is a constant theme in the home -- from the pond filled with colorful koi in front of the home to the two-story waterfall in the foyer to the additional pond filled with fish inside the home.
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April 5, 2006
S. County center schedules trips Trips scheduled by the South County Senior Center include: April 26 and 27, trip to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Linden Hall and Nemacolin Woodlands in Laurel Highlands. The trip includes a buffet dinner, overnight lodging and breakfast. The cost is $265 per person (double occupancy) or $325 (single). May 9, B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, lunch at Chiapparelli's in Little Italy. The cost is $69. May 23 and 24, trip to Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Christ Church Cemetery and the National Constitution Center.
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By Kara Kenna | April 3, 1994
Wright's Fallingwater begins 30th tour seasonVisit Fallingwater, the world-famous house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as it opens for its 30th tour season. Located on a waterfall near Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania, the house was designed as a weekend retreat for the Edgar Kaufmann family. Completed with the guest and service wing in 1939, the house was constructed of native sandstone quarried on the property and laid up by local craftsmen. Adjoining Fallingwater is Bear Run Nature Reserve, a 4,200-acre expanse of wild mountain land that includes dense oak and hemlock forests.
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By ANDREW RATNER | July 20, 1996
AFTER A FAMILY outing this summer to Fallingwater, the exquisite home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that's been rTC called the ''best American building of the last 125 years,'' I left with mixed emotions.Perched atop a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania, the structure is a masterpiece. It inspires awe, especially when one considers that Mr. Wright composed its modern lines back in the 1930s. The historic landmark is well worth the four-hour trip for Baltimoreans.But Fallingwater wasn't built for living.
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April 5, 2006
S. County center schedules trips Trips scheduled by the South County Senior Center include: April 26 and 27, trip to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Linden Hall and Nemacolin Woodlands in Laurel Highlands. The trip includes a buffet dinner, overnight lodging and breakfast. The cost is $265 per person (double occupancy) or $325 (single). May 9, B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, lunch at Chiapparelli's in Little Italy. The cost is $69. May 23 and 24, trip to Philadelphia to visit Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, Christ Church Cemetery and the National Constitution Center.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
On Gibson Island, where no two homes are alike, a magnificent 1960s modern house sits on 1.8 acres of wooded property at the highest point in the area, and is on the market for $1.29 million. Often referred to as the "treehouse," 703 Skywater Road was designed by Ulrich Franzen, a German-born architect who began his career with famous architect I. M. Pei. The home's exterior composition features glass, steel and stone. The open interior features a mahogany ceiling throughout, a massive stone fireplace, walnut built-in shelves and doors, slate and ceramic tile flooring, glass walls, and vintage St. Charles steel kitchen cabinets (the same used by Frank Lloyd Wright in his Pennsylvania masterpiece, Fallingwater)
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By Philadelphia Inquirer | March 28, 2000
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the architectural masterpiece built over a picturesque Pennsylvania waterfall and one of the state's premier tourist attractions, will receive $3.5 million in state funds to help prevent a sagging terrace from crashing into the cascading waters below, Gov. Thomas Ridge announced last week. The state money will help pay for a comprehensive renovation, estimated to cost more than $8 million, of the historic home. Built in 1936 for a wealthy merchant, the retreat in the Appalachian hills marked Wright's embrace of modernism and is considered one of the best examples of modern domestic architecture anywhere.
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By Matthew L. Wald and Matthew L. Wald,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2001
BEAR RUN, Pa. - It is every homeowner's nightmare. Years ago, the architect, one of those visionary types, got into a fight with the engineer over whether the design skimped on structural materials. The engineer wanted to make the floors stronger but the architect said extra steel would make them unsupportably heavy. Now both are long dead, and it turns out that the engineer was right. The beams in the house are cracking so badly that the floors are sagging and the house is in danger of falling down.
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By Matthew L. Wald and Matthew L. Wald,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 11, 2001
BEAR RUN, Pa. - It is every homeowner's nightmare. Years ago, the architect, one of those visionary types, got into a fight with the engineer over whether the design skimped on structural materials. The engineer wanted to make the floors stronger but the architect said extra steel would make them unsupportably heavy. Now both are long dead, and it turns out that the engineer was right. The beams in the house are cracking so badly that the floors are sagging and the house is in danger of falling down.
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By Bennard B. Pearlman and Bennard B. Pearlman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 8, 2000
Frank Lloyd Wright, America's pioneering 20th-century architect, was sometimes more interested by design than engineering when it came to producing buildings. There was, for example, the flippant remark he made to a client who called to complain that a leak in the roof of his new Wright-designed house was dripping onto the dining room table. The reply: Move the table. Wright, who died in 1959, might have been more concerned by the fate of his residential masterpiece, the home known as Fallingwater.
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By Philadelphia Inquirer | March 28, 2000
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the architectural masterpiece built over a picturesque Pennsylvania waterfall and one of the state's premier tourist attractions, will receive $3.5 million in state funds to help prevent a sagging terrace from crashing into the cascading waters below, Gov. Thomas Ridge announced last week. The state money will help pay for a comprehensive renovation, estimated to cost more than $8 million, of the historic home. Built in 1936 for a wealthy merchant, the retreat in the Appalachian hills marked Wright's embrace of modernism and is considered one of the best examples of modern domestic architecture anywhere.
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By Lisa Wiseman and Lisa Wiseman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 1998
Is this a house in Eldersburg or is it Fallingwater?Katherine and Spottswood Bird's home may look familiar to those who know the work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Like Wright's Fallingwater, which was built on a waterfall, the Bird home merges with its natural surroundings. Instead of being built on the land, it is built into the land, seemingly rising out of the rolling landscape.Like Fallingwater, water is a constant theme in the home -- from the pond filled with colorful koi in front of the home to the two-story waterfall in the foyer to the additional pond filled with fish inside the home.
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By ANDREW RATNER | July 20, 1996
AFTER A FAMILY outing this summer to Fallingwater, the exquisite home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that's been rTC called the ''best American building of the last 125 years,'' I left with mixed emotions.Perched atop a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania, the structure is a masterpiece. It inspires awe, especially when one considers that Mr. Wright composed its modern lines back in the 1930s. The historic landmark is well worth the four-hour trip for Baltimoreans.But Fallingwater wasn't built for living.
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By Kara Kenna | April 3, 1994
Wright's Fallingwater begins 30th tour seasonVisit Fallingwater, the world-famous house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as it opens for its 30th tour season. Located on a waterfall near Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania, the house was designed as a weekend retreat for the Edgar Kaufmann family. Completed with the guest and service wing in 1939, the house was constructed of native sandstone quarried on the property and laid up by local craftsmen. Adjoining Fallingwater is Bear Run Nature Reserve, a 4,200-acre expanse of wild mountain land that includes dense oak and hemlock forests.
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By Bennard B. Pearlman and Bennard B. Pearlman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 8, 2000
Frank Lloyd Wright, America's pioneering 20th-century architect, was sometimes more interested by design than engineering when it came to producing buildings. There was, for example, the flippant remark he made to a client who called to complain that a leak in the roof of his new Wright-designed house was dripping onto the dining room table. The reply: Move the table. Wright, who died in 1959, might have been more concerned by the fate of his residential masterpiece, the home known as Fallingwater.
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July 19, 1991
William Wesley Peters, 79, a structural engineer and architect who built Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous buildings, died yesterday at a hospital in Madison, Wis., after a stroke. He was Mr. Wright's first architectural apprentice and structural engineer for most of his famous buildings, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa.Harold R. Perry, 74, the first black American consecrated as a Roman Catholic bishop in the 20th century, died yesterday in New Orleans.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer | May 16, 1993
It must have been quite a shock for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann and his wife, Liliane, when architect Frank Lloyd Wright presented them with plans he had drawn for their weekend home in the woods of southwestern Pennsylvania.The couple had envisioned a secluded house facing a 20-foot waterfall on their property. Instead, the acclaimed architect chose to hide the cascading water from their view with an unconventional and daring design that placed the house over the water and on top of the falls.
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