June 11, 2011 – Tony’s cousin, Amy, was marrying Galen today, so we decided to take a road trip to western PA. The wedding wasn’t until the evening, which meant we had the whole morning to go exploring. We settled on checking out Fallingwater. Neither of us had ever been there, and we had heard the house and grounds were beautiful. Reservations were made in advance; apparently this is a necessity. We showed up at the gate house about 30 minutes before our 10am tour, got our names checked off the list, parked and then got a little pager like they give you at restaurants. It seems that all the people who register for a tour time are divided into smaller groups of 12-15 people. After a short walk to the house we paused to admire the water running under/up to the structure, then went inside. There’s no photography allowed in the house, and while we could take pictures of the grounds we can’t post them online. Ahem. Moving on.
Once inside we began noticing the myriad of details that make the house a true home. Natural wood, lots of windows, and stone floors coated in wax (giving them a watery look) really bring the outdoors inside the home. Some areas, like the bottom of the fire place in the common room, and the cooling area by the kitchen stove, are giant rocks that the house was built around. Each of the bedrooms also has access to the outdoors via patios, and the living room has stairs going down to a little ledge right on the water. Heaters were built around the rooms under the windows and about couch-high; lights were also built into the home so individual table or floor lamps were not needed. Similarly, bookshelves were recessed in the walls, freeing more space for windows and natural lighting. On a side note, we also learned the Frank Lloyd Wright preferred carports to garages, as garages were simply a means to accumulate junk. 😉
After touring the home we wandered around the grounds for a few minutes, and then headed back to Tony’s folks’ place for some visiting. Of course, we were all waiting for the night’s main attraction, and soon enough it was time to pile into cars and drive over to Kentuck Knob. Although it rained (a lot!) that afternoon, the weather was perfect for the wedding. The scenery was beautiful, and the bride and groom were obviously happy and in love. (Congrats Amy and Galen!) After a lovely ceremony we enjoyed some great food and had fun dancing the night away. Sunday brought more visiting, a stop at Eat ‘n Park for the breakfast buffet (yum!), lots of driving, and a late night return trip home.