Sitting on a 5,100-acre nature reserve, Fallingwater is one of the region's most popular attractions. It was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a summer house for the family of Edgar Kaufmann Sr. owner of Kaufman's Department Store (since acquired by Macy's). The Kaufmanns expected a home with a view of the 30-foot waterfall; instead Wright built it over
the waterfall, incorporating surrounding environment into its design and creating a seamless fusion of structure and nature. It became a national sensation after appearing on the cover of Time
magazine in 1938.
It opened for public tours in 1964 under the ownership of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Visitors may explore nearly every nook and cranny of the interior, and stroll the site in all four seasons.