Pittsburgh, Pa. — December 9, 2020 — Since June 13, Fallingwater has been offering outdoor-only experiences due to COVID-19 safety restrictions. During this time, Fallingwater’s staff has been proactively providing digital content, including free webinars and online educational resources, to keep Fallingwater members, visitors and the public engaged through Fallingwater’s architecture, preservation and collections.
Fallingwater is also offering weekly online livestream events from inside the house. Called “A Closer Look,” these live, interactive broadcasts offer exclusive, behind-the-scenes views and discussions about unique aspects of house’s interior. The next livestreams are being offered Wednesday, December 16 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., EST, for $15 per stream. In January and February, the livestreams will take place on Saturdays at 11 a.m., EST, for the same price.
Fallingwater Director and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Vice President Justin Gunther says the livestreams are curated by experienced educators who offer fascinating stories and an in-depth examination of architectural details not presented during traditional house tours.
“These livestreams help participants gain a deeper understanding of why Frank Lloyd Wright designed features in certain ways or how the Kaufmanns used Fallingwater,” Gunther said. “As live broadcasts, participants are encouraged to ask questions as they explore inside the house with our educators.”
Some of the seven livestream topics include “Dining at Fallingwater,” which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the kitchen and dining areas. “Down the Hatch, Under the House” explores the underside of the house’s cantilevers, which is inaccessible during regular tours. Other live sessions explain preservation undertakings and the collection of art and furnishings in various rooms.
Registration is required to participate in the livestreams and available on the Fallingwater website at Fallingwater.org/CloserLook. Attendees can also register by contacting Fallingwater Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 or Fallingwater@paconserve.org.
Fallingwater, designed by famed American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, has been open to the public as a house museum, owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, since 1964. It was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2019 and is designated as a National Historic Landmark and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Treasure. Fallingwater is located in Mill Run, Pa., in Fayette County, about 90 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, which is now on the UNESCO World Heritage List and symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org or Fallingwater.org.
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