Day 59: Something Beautiful—Falling Waters

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

For years, I have wanted to see Falling Waters. Since moving to Ohio and a couple states closer, I have been plotting a trip there. I toyed with the idea of taking a detour on my unexpected road trip from NYC the weekend after Valentine’s Day. As those who follow this blog know, the powers that be meant me only to drive on that Sunday and nothing more. The beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece in Pennsylvania is, therefore,  still on my bucket list.

My love affair with FLW architecture began on my first visit to Spring Green when I stayed for a week at a Talieson farm. I was part of a 14-person ensemble of 4-h kids from all over Wisconsin. We were chosen to create and perform a show about social issues facing young people at that time and then perform for 4-H Club Congress in Madison. For a week, we created, rehearsed, ate, and slept in the enchanted valley that held the Talieson estate. That farm is now the home of American Players Theatre. 


Falling Waters, Mill Run, Pensylvannia

Every journey  through Wyoming Valley from Dodgeville to Spring Green is like entering a hidden kingdom. Green. Lush. Incredible vistas of rolling hills and striped fields. Organic architecture peeping out and blending with rather than upstaging the landscape. I expect Falling Waters to be the same and much more. After all, what could be better than a house where you drift off to asleep to the sound of water falling right below your head?


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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3 Responses to Day 59: Something Beautiful—Falling Waters

  1. Bea Neal says:

    John’s sister visited it a number of years ago. She said it was a wonderful as you imagined it to be.
    I think she saw it after it’s major restoration. They actually had a PBS special about that one year.
    Like a dig, they numbered all the floor stones before they removed them, etc. The sound of falling water, no wonder so many of us love ponds or indoor fountains.

  2. Bobbie says:

    WHEN (not if) you go there, be sure to visit Kentuck Knob, which is near Fallingwater, and also designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A friend of mine said that she wanted to be invited to a party for the weekend at Fallingwater, but she wanted to put her toothbrush by the sink at Kentuck Knob and move in. You will love both houses.

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