Last week, we drove to western Pennsylvania so that Debbie could run the Laurel Highlands Ultra. As we wound down Route 381, we started to see signs for Fallingwater. The name is iconic and it rang a bell with me. I recalled that it was one of the most famous homes in the United States. Fallingwater is an architectural masterpiece. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family in Bear Run.

We were headed for Ohiopyle, but we had to stop. At first, we drove past the entrance, but we turned around and we are so happy that we did. The natural setting of the home is awesome. We toured the grounds and explored the outside of the house and the guest house.

As we were finishing our self guided walk, a big thunderstorm rolled in. Our timing was perfect. The property was lush with beautiful late spring greens. The grass and moss smelled great. The brook was bubbling. It was idyllic.

Last year, I was passing through Phoenix, Arizona on business. I had a long layover, and had the opportunity to drive out to Scottsdale and visitย Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home. It was a hot day with a fantastic sunset. Now that I have seen both homes, I see the connection. I don’t know much about architecture, but I know quality design when I see it.

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