Stunning Examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Legacy
Frank Lloyd Wright is often referred to as one of the greatest architects and designers of all time. His work is known internationally and his legacy lives on in the millions of people he’s influenced. Over his 70 year career, he designed more than 1,000 residential and commercial structures. Thankfully, many of these buildings still stand and can be toured for an up-close look.
Fallingwater is known as one of the “best all-time works of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects. Built in 1935, Fallingwater is still thought of as an architectural marvel, considering it is constructed over a waterfall set in the beautiful forest of Mill Run, Pennsylvania. The house was originally designed as a weekend home for the Kaufmann family of Pittsburg department store fame.
Wright was one of the founding minds of “organic architecture” which combines art and nature into one cohesive design. Fallingwater is an exemplary example of this style. The use of stone, wood, and unique geometry creates one of the most brilliant works that you’ll ever get to see. Luckily, Fallingwater is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The mansion now operates as a public museum allowing visitors from around the world to tour Wrights iconic design in-person.
Falling Water is just 50 minutes away from us. We are a perfect location to stay.
Plan Your Visit to Fallingwater House
As a guest at our Deep Creek Hotel, you’ll be just under an hours scenic drive to Fallingwater. It’s an absolutely lovely day-trip to plan for while staying with us. Fallingwater is also surrounded by 5,100 acres of the Bear Run Nature Reserve. There are miles of hiking trails here through mature Hemlock forests, streams, and native plant life species. After spending that time in the car, it’s a good idea to plan a bit of a hike to really take in the scenery either before or after your tour of Fallingwater.
It’s best to get your tickets two weeks in advance online at the Fallingwater website. There are few different options for touring Fallingwater. Some prefer the self-guided style option, while some may enjoy a hosted tour which gives in-depth history and descriptions of the building. For a very special event, choose one of the private tour options like the Sunset Dinner Tour. Where your expert guide will leisurely take you on an in-depth exploration of Fallingwater and its grounds. Which is then followed by a three-course dinner prepared by Fallingwater’s very own private chef. It’s a meal you won’t soon forget!
On any trip to Deep Creek Lake, we always suggest taking a road trip to visit Fallingwater and other nearby Frank Lloyd Wright designs. As always, when you’re planning the activities for your vacation, start the day with our hearty breakfast. You’ll be fully caffeinated and satiated before you hit the road for this gorgeous drive through the scenic Laurel Highlands.
While planning your itinerary for the day we have some lovely suggestions for stops along the way. On your drive out, you’ll pass by Amish furniture shops which are always worth a look. For lunch or an early evening dinner, The Bittersweet Cafe, is a charming spot for farm-to-table casual dining. Additionally, just outside the tiny town of Chalkhill is the Christian W. Klay Winery. The perfect place to end a day after touring Fallingwater with a glass of locally made dry white or a bold red blend.
Once you’ve arrived to Fallingwater, depending on the tour package, on average guests spend about two hours here. There’s plenty to explore outside as well. Comfortable footwear and layered clothing is recommended for the best experience. Another fun addition to our day out exploring the best of American architecture is to add-on another Frank Lloyd Wright gem: Kentuck Knob. This smaller design is just under a 15 minute drive from Fallingwater, so we strongly encourage a double feature.
Best Time to Visit Fallingwater
While Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece is open to the public almost all year round, with the exception of January and February where weather conditions can make traveling in the area a bit perilous. A visit to Fallingwater is amazing any time of year, but it is particularly stunning in the autumn months when the leaves on the trees begin the colorful change.
The ancient Red and White Oaks, American Sycamores and Beech trees really shine in this season. Of course due to Fallingwater’s location tucked in the forest above a waterfall, it’s really one of the most beautiful views in the world with the bright golds, oranges, and reds as a backdrop. The sound of the rushing water and birdsong makes this spot peaceful and relaxing to explore.
While the fall colors may make the drive to Fallingwater a bit brighter, the late spring time months are also a great time to visit. The trees will be coming back to life from the cold winter, budding leaves and bright green. The days are warmer and makes outdoor tours and hikes pleasant, with very little worry for inclement weather. It’s always a good plan to pack your raincoat though!
Summer is also a great time to visit Fallingwater, as the surrounding small towns will be bustling with activity, dining and shopping options, and entertainment. The weather during this time of year is fantastic. Perfect cool temperate mornings move into hot days, but relief comes in the evening as a breeze picks up and the sun sets.
For those who enjoy winter sports and activities, the holiday season can also we a lovely time to plan a visit to Fallingwater and the Deep Creek Lake area. Weather permitting, your scenic drive my be dusted with new fallen snow or trees off in the distance covered in white. Holiday bizarres and events are not uncommon in the small towns along this route, as twinkling lights and seasonal decor mark the way.
There’s also no better place than our Deep Creek Lake Hotel to head back to after a chilly day exploring the sights of our beautiful part of the Northeast. We’ll be ready to welcome you back with a hot chocolate and a warm fire in the living room. Cozy up and get ready to relax.
More Frank Lloyd Wright Houses Nearby
After your visit to Fallingwater, you might as well add another well known Wright design on the itinerary: Kentuck Knob. Which is another historical gem nestled in the Pennsylvania countryside. From Fallingwater, a drive to Kentuck Knob is less than 15 minutes. As you approach this Wright house, you’ll notice right away how it is seamlessly integrated into its surroundings.
From Wright’s autobiography, he writes “No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” Kentuck Knob encompasses that idea entirely. Just as Fallingwater feels as if it’s an extension of nature, this house follows those guidelines as well.
Built from native sandstone and Red Cypress trees, Kentuck Knob has a natural and unobtrusive look. Once inside, Wright used a hexagonal module with geometric patterns and cut outs to accentuate angles and open space. The airy floor plan creates a larger feel, even though Kentuck Knob is a Usonian design—which means an affordable house for the average American. Outside on the grounds, you’ll find a stunning collection of sculptures from modern artists.
Make sure to include a hike through these beautiful woodlands on a tour here. Tours are offered March to December and tickets should be pre-purchased on the Kentuck Knob website. One can choose from the traditional guided tour or a more in-depth 90-minute option, which delves a bit deeper into the details of the design.
Another possible Frank Lloyd Wright landmark to add on to your tour is Polymath Park. This 125-acre resort in the Laurel Highlands includes two Wright designed homes, plus two additional residences by one of his apprentices, Peter Berndtson. This is a particularly fascinating place to explore, as the Wright designed houses here were saved from demolition and relocated from other areas of the country, which in turn is preserving these historical sites.
There are many different tour options to choose from, but the Wright Collection Tour offers you a cohesive look inside three of the houses with details on the history and creation of Polymath Park. There are also tours that include gourmet lunch or dinner options, which could be a lovely way to round out your big day exploring these architectural masterpieces.
Stay at the Best Deep Creek Lake Hotel
While the location of our Deep Creek Lake Hotel is ideal for a day trip to Fallingwater and other Frank Lloyd Wright works of the area, you’ll also find the Arts and Crafts design of our Inn worth exploring. From each window of our luxury hotel you’ll take in a beautiful scene, from the sparkling water of Deep Creek Lake to the blooming perennials in our gardens. Inside, you’ll find attention to every detail for a perfect stay.
Each of our ten guest room selections offer a unique experience, with our Arts and Craft design in mind, which gives visitors a sense of relief and relaxation. You’ll find amenities such as gas fireplaces, private balconies, jacuzzi tubs, steam showers, and lakefront views. Small touches like luxury linens, fluffy robes, and high-end toiletries add simple comforts.
Our common areas are available for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Some of the favorite places are on the porch with a big glass of iced tea or by the fire pit in the evening for homemade s’mores and adult beverages. Of course, we can’t forget the dock! A lovely place to relax the day away on the refreshing waters of Deep Creek Lake.
On any stay at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel you’ll want to especially take advantage of the lake. Be that taking one of our complementary canoes or kayaks out on the water or exploring the nearby state parks for swimming and boating. Depending on weather, join us out on the lake for an afternoon cruise. Lastly, don’t forget to book a Swedish massage in the spa room of our luxury hotel, it’s the ultimate addition for a perfect vacation. Book your stay today!