By Lynda Waggoner (Editor); Christopher Little (Photographer); David G. De Long (Contribution by); Rick Darke (Contribution by); Justin Gunther (Contribution by)
(Rizzoli, Hardcover, 9780847835997, 328pp.)
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
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A landmark volume to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of arguably the most significant private residence of the twentieth century. With stunning new photography commissioned especially for this book, Fallingwater captures the much-loved masterpiece by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright following its recent restoration. Built in 1936 for Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, Fallingwater is hailed as a twentieth-century masterpiece—a marvel of innovation and daring that appears to float over rushing falls. This volume is a major event in the story of this icon, with new authoritative texts on Fallingwater’s history, structure, restoration, and collections, including the house’s relationship to its setting and its importance to the sustainability movement; its meaning in the context of Wright’s body of work; the analysis and planning process that went into Fallingwater’s restoration and how a seemingly unsolvable problem was overcome through modern engineering. Destined to become the lasting volume on this seminal monument, the book is a tribute to genius and the long-awaited reconsideration of this masterwork.
Lynda Waggoner is Fallingwater’s director and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Christopher Little is an acclaimed photographer whose work was featured in the seminal volume Fallingwater (1986). David G. De Long is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and author of numerous architecture volumes. Rick Darke is an award-winning author of books such as The American Woodland Garden. Justin Gunther is curator of Buildings and Collections at Fallingwater. Neil Levine is the Emmet Blakeney Gleason Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard. John Reynolds is associate professor of architecture at Miami University of Ohio. Robert Silman is president of Robert Silman Associates and directed the strengthening of Fallingwater in 2002.
“Editor Lynda Waggoner and photographer Christopher Little have produced a remarkable tribute to one of Wright’s signature works on the 75th anniversary of the 1936 groundbreaking (construction took three years).” ~Wall Street Journal
“The book includes her introduction, as well as a great deal of new information, including correspondence between Wright and Kaufman never published before.” ~Architects and Artisans
"Both informative and aesthetically pleasing, this definitive work will be well appreciated..." ~Publishers Weekly
“…the book brings to the foreground the emotional experience that a visitor can extract from visiting this exceptional place.” ~Archinovations
"Thanks to Fallingwater, a new book of essays and sumptuous photographs edited by Fallingwater's director, Lynda Waggoner, you can take an engrossing armchair tour. Those cantilevered decks still inspire..." ~Houseplans.com