day 21 : falling water

i woke up bright and early to catch a quick glimpse downtown pittsburgh in the daylight…

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after a few glances around and a couple of deep breaths, i set off on the next leg of my adventure.

a few minutes into my drive, i experienced my first turnpike. this was about the full extent of my prior pike knowledge…I never fully knew what one was, or how they worked. unfortunately, i was about to find out.

as i approached the row of toll booths all i saw were signs for “E-Z” passes and “Tickets” (neither of which sounded like anything i had). i tried slowing long enough to look for some sort of directions, but cars started honking, and i got flustered, and i…BOLTED!

probably not the smartest thing i’ve ever done.

at that point, there wasn’t anything i could do about it, besides continue my drive, and deal with the consequences on the other end. i reluctantly paid the maximum fine on the other end, and chalked it up to “my dues” for being on the road for such a long time. i was happy to pay $24 rather than a $100+ speeding ticket.

once i was off the pike, i could finally relax again, and enjoy the rest of my drive to Mill Run, PA. the greenery was amazing. i quickly resolved that PA was one of my favorite states to drive through, and one of the greenest since Washington.

as i drove along a number of smaller country roads, i quickly learned how seriously people back east take their “Fall”. scarecrows and hay bales littered with bright pumpkins were around every corner. it seemed as though every home that i passed had some sort of fall vignette constructed in the front yard or porch. the pride that i saw in the colorful decorations, made me smile and quickly forget about my little “oopsies” from earlier that morning.

finally, i arrived at my long-awaited destination–Falling Water.

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orignally i had planned to drive straight from chicago to niagra falls in one day. but after experiencing my ability over the past nineteen days to turn a five hour drive into a nine hour one, i knew that eight and a half hours of driving alone (no stops included) probably wasn’t the smartest of ideas.

being a former design student, i was happy for a reason to detour through pittsburgh and get to experience one of frank lloyd wright’s creations for myself…

the home, a former private residence-turned-museum, is designed in the familiar geometry that FLW is so famous for.

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the amazing thing about this home is that not only is it cozily nestled away in the woods, but it is also build on top of a waterfall!

i really enjoyed learning about Wright’s cantilevered design, and how his use of vertical and horizontal lines were not purely visual, but integral structural components.

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unfortunately i was unable to take photos while inside the home…but i did take some notes on some of the design details inside such as these low ottomans. i loved how he had really embraced the blank slate that he was given, and really showcased some of the naturally occuring elements (like the rock slab in front of the fireplace) in his design.

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after my tour and wander about the grounds, i grabbed a sandwich in the museum cafe and hit the road. i had another waterfall to see before dark, afterall!

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  1. Matt

    Yeah, turnpikes are fun! And I totally am always singing that Get Up Kids song every time I’m on one.

    Jan 16, 2010 @ 3:09 pm


  2. kendra

    i wanna go here!
    lovely photos lauren

    Jan 17, 2010 @ 4:37 pm


  3. Loesie

    Thanks for pictures of heaven on earth. This place has always been on my must-see list. FLW is one of my heroes. Now it brings Falling Water a little closer to home.

    Love the pictures..

    Jan 21, 2010 @ 11:24 am


  4. Matt

    OK… the water has been falling for quite some time now…

    Feb 10, 2010 @ 7:59 am

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