My first stop in Pennsylvania was Mill Run, where I wanted to see Fallingwater, the home Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1935 for department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann. The home is a National Historic Landmark and the American Institute of Architects named it “best all-time work of American architecture.” It restarted Wright’s stalled career and led to commissions for equally famous works in his later years such as the Guggenheim Museum.

Wikimedia picture of Fallingwater.
Wikimedia picture of Fallingwater.

The stars, or rather the skies, were not with me however. Thunderstorms and street flooding washed out my Fallingwater tour. An ironic turn.

Spring Green and Taliesin

The campground in Spring Green was beautiful, nestled along the Wisconsin River.

The Wisconsin River in Spring Green borders the  campground where I'm staying
The Wisconsin River in Spring Green borders the campground where I stayed in Spring Green

About five miles away is the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center where Taliesin Preservation offers tours of the Hillside Studio / School and Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin. A great tour, but also disappointing. First, we were not allowed to take photos inside the buildings where you can really appreciate the concepts Wright was going for. Our tour guide had a grating nasal voice and a very condescending tone presenting each topic along the tour. This would be annoying if she were a master architect, but she was an elementary school teacher and volunteer for the preservation society. Of course, I expect Wright himself would have been even more pompous.