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Fallingwater Designated a World Cultural Site

The United Nations designation was given to eight of Frank Lloyd Wright's U.S. designs.


A Western Pennsylvania landmark has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Mill Run, was one of eight Wright-designed buildings to receive the designation.

Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Justin Gunther, the director of Fallingwater, called the designation "a tremendous honor, one reserved for the world's most treasured places. Equally as meaningful is the profound influence [that] buildings like Fallingwater can have in enhancing our understanding of the environments we live in today, and the ones we are planning for the future. "

Fallingwater was originally designed by Wright in 1937 to be the summer home of the Kaufmann family. In 1964, Edgar Kaufmann Jr. donated the property to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy where it has since been opened to the public.

According to Fallingwater's website, UNESCO considers the international importance of a potential World Heritage Site based on its "Outstanding Universal Value ." Fallingwater represents an architecture responsive to functional and emotional needs, a design fundamentally rooted in nature's forms and principles, and architecture conceived to be responsive to the evolving American experience, but which is universal in its appeal.

Fallingwater and Independence Hall are the only UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Pennsylvania.

The seven other Frank Lloyd Wright Designs to receive the designation are Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL; the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago; Taliesin in Spring Green, WI; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, CA; Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, WI; Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

For more information on visiting and touring Fallingwater, you can click here .

Images courtesy Fallingwater.org

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