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PA – Mill Run: Fallingwater – Kitchen

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PA – Mill Run: Fallingwater – Kitchen
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Modern for its day, the Fallingwater kitchen was equipped with St. Charles metal cabinets, a Swedish AGA stove, red asphalt tiles, and a Formica-topped work table designed by Wright. The Kaufmanns’ chef Elsie Henderson purchased the state of-of-the-art turquoise-lined Imperial Cyclomatic CT150 Frigidaire in the 1950s. The Formica that tops the counters and Wright’s table was only patented in 1935, but Kaufmann learned of it early because it was invented locally by two engineers at Westinghouse.

Fallingwater, sometimes referred to as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence or just the Kaufmann Residence, located within a 5,100-acre nature reserve 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built between 1936 and 1939. Built over a 30-foot flowing waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the house served as a vacation retreat for the Kaufmann family including patriarch, Edgar Kaufmann Sr., was a successful Pittsburgh businessman and president of Kaufmann’s Department Store, and his son, Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., who studied architecture briefly under Wright. Wright collaborated with staff engineers Mendel Glickman and William Wesley Peters on the structural design, and assigned his apprentice, Robert Mosher, as his permanent on-site representative throughout construction. Despite frequent conflicts between Wright, Kaufmann, and the construction contractor, the home and guesthouse were finally constructed at a cost of 5,000.

Fallingwater was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. It was listed among the Smithsonian’s 28 Places to See Before You Die. In a 1991 poll of members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), it was voted "the best all-time work of American architecture." In 2007, Fallingwater was ranked #29 on the AIA 150 America’s Favorite Architecture list.

National Register #74001781 (1974)

My newly renovated Kitchen!
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Image by Pete Labrozzi
Here’s a little more personal of a photo. A look into my world for once!

This is my kitchen after the several months of renovations it’s undergone. I am so happy with it now as it’s way more functional and a heck of a lot better looking.

I’m of course a little biased as I had a big hand in its design. I did several drawings in pencil and paper and Photoshop to map it out, then my contractor made it a reality. Very cool to see it come to life!

What do you think?