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“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Located just 90 miles southwest of Pittsburgh is one of America’s preeminent architects most famous works.  “Fallingwater” was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for the Kaufman family, who were the owners of Pittsburgh’s largest department store.  Interestingly enough, the word Kaufman in German means shopkeeper.  From 1937 to 1963 the family used it for a summer retreat, as they loved the outdoors and it provided an escape from the sooty skies of industrial Pittsburgh.  In 1963, the son of Edward and Liliane Kaufman, Edward Kaufman Jr., donated the property to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  Throughout the years, the house has undergone many restorations as it has been damaged by the ravages of time, humidity and harsh winters.
     The house is actually built over the Bear Run waterfall, hence the name Fallingwater. A true engineering marvel, the design was revamped many times so it would be structurally sound.  Limiting the palette to two colors (beige and red), the house is fully incorporated into its natural surroundings. There is a guest house as well as a carport and small swimming pool…all totaling about 7,000 square feet.
     The original estimated cost in 1935 was $35,000, but ended up way over budget at $155,000. In today’s money, adjusted for inflation, it would be equivalent to around $3 million dollars.  As in most of the homes that he designed, Frank Lloyd Wright oversaw every detail, including the fixtures, furnishings and hardware.  Fallingwater was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and has become a World Heritage site.
     There is a convenient parking lot and a welcoming visitor center that greets you upon arrival.  You must buy your tickets in advance on their website fallingwater.org.
You have the choice of a guided indoor tour ($30) or a self-guided outdoor tour ($18).  If you would like the indoor tour, book early as it seems like that one sells out first.  There is a café, ample restrooms and a museum store in the visitor’s center.
Fallingwater is truly an American architectural masterpiece.  Combine it with a getaway to Pittsburgh and it is a lovely way to spend a weekend in western Pennsylvania.
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(Family Features) Laying out on the beach and floating in the pool are true hallmarks of summer. A good book, however, can elevate these relaxing experiences to a new level.

Whether you find yourself looking for a beach read, a book for the pool or something to help you escape while lounging on the couch with the windows open, these sizzling summer reads offer something for nearly every type of reader. From suspense to romance and adventure, you don’t want to miss these books this summer.

Some Secrets Aren’t Meant to Be Shared

From author Meg Mitchell Moore comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer. In “Two Truths and A Lie” the leader of an idyllic beach town “mom squad” has made surprising effort to include a new resident and her daughter in typically closed-group activities, though they’re not the only ones she’s been spending more time with. A blend of propulsive thriller and gorgeous summer read, Moore’s latest novel is a reminder that happiness isn’t always a day at the beach, some secrets aren’t meant to be shared and the most precious things are loved ones.

Romantic Adventure Proves Anything Can Happen

No. 1 “New York Times” bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her Chicago Stars series with a romance between a quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers – and a major diva – in “When Stars Collide.” It’s Mozart meets Monday night football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand, they engage in soul-searching, trash talk and backstage drama. Threatening letters, haunting photographs and a series of dangerous encounters also complicate their lives and make them wonder if it’s the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister.

Transatlantic Love Story Raises the Royal Stakes

“New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Alyssa Cole’s second Runaway Royals novel, “How to Find a Princess,” is an Anastasia-inspired romance featuring a long-lost princess who finds love with the female investigator tasked with tracking her down. When a threat to her grandmother’s livelihood pushes the princess to return to Ibarania, the investigator takes her on a transatlantic adventure. When they finally make it, they realize there’s more at stake than just cash and crown, and the princess must learn what it means to fight for what she desires rather than what she feels bound to by duty.

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