|Fallingwater side view|
|Fallingwater back view|
While rolling with the wifey through the autumnal hollows of southwestern Pennsylvania this week I decided to steer the Bimmer in the direction of Mill Run, one of several Frank Lloyd Wright sanctuaries due north of the Mason-Dixon line. Home to Fallingwater (and just a few miles, as the crow flies, from Kentucky Knob), this picturesque nook of cantilevered countryside is visual poetry; flagstone, rich woods, angular beats and eye strokes. Legend goes that Wright mentally tarried for months (the house had been commissioned a year earlier by an increasingly impatient E. J. Kaufmann) over the masterpiece before actually sitting down and drawing the entire elevation, from memory, in a single afternoon. Whether fact, fiction, or folly, the structure remains a horizontal essay in 20th Century architecture. And besides all that, I like it a lot.
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