Historic Preservation in Pennsylvania: A Primer

Depending on the individual, historic preser¬≠vation evokes a myriad of interpretations. To the local historical society, it’s restoring the town’s oldest structure to a house-museum showcasing collections of period antiques. To community planners, it often results in a challenge of saving the best while destroying the rest. And to many, historic preservation means little more than a...
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Currents

Parrish Frederick Parrish (1870-1962) – who later adopted the family name Maxfield as a middle and then professional name – was born into Philadelphia’s Quaker community and reared in a culturally privileged environment. From his father Stephen, an acclaimed etcher and landscape painter, he inherited his talent for natural observation and an understanding of the business of...
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Fallingwater

Its fame has even doomed its description, “an icon of American architecture,” to status as a cliche, but Frank Lloyd Wright’s woodland retreat in south¬≠eastern Fayette County, between Mill Run and Ohiopyle, for Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar Kaufmann and his wife Liliane has earned such hyperbole with its dramatic design and siting. Few may realize it, but Fallingwater...
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The Architect, The Icon, and The Artist: Welcome to a Visual Celebration of Vision

Shortly after its completion in 1937, Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar J. and Liliane S. Kaufmann above a mountain stream loved by the Pittsburgh couple and their son Edgar Jr., was lauded by critics as an icon of modern American architecture. Perched precariously over a waterfall on Bear Run, near Mill Run in Fayette County, in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, it was...
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