Frank Lloyd Wright Road Trip – Day 7

Here we are, at probably the FLW highlight of the trip, Fallingwater.

How did we get here? The original plan was to do the FLW Trail as established by Wisconsin Tourism. Also, a nice review of the trail. This would have left us in Racine, Wisconsin. Well, Racine is close to Chicago where there is a lot of FLW stuff. However, both Shirley and I have seen a fair number of the Chicago sites, one trip for Shirley & two for me. But we’re so close (sort of) to the FLW Mecca and Google Maps showed us it’s just a 10hr drive on the Interstates, so lets go for it!

All along the trip we’re treated to the fall colour show around every corner. Well, not so much on the Interstates but once we were off onto the more rural roads it was quite spectacular.

Well worth the drive!

Path from the parking lot.

We check in to the visitor centre and get hooked up with our small 12 person tour group. They are pretty fussy about what you carry into the house. Shirley is not able to carry a fairly small purse and I’m cautioned about my camera and the need to keep it in front of my body. They really don’t want you to hit, bump or touch a lot of stuff. In fact we get a list of dos and don’ts, basically don’t touch anything unless it’s metal or stone/concrete. And oh yeah, like so many FLW sites, no indoor photography.

Other that that you are right in the house with all the furniture, antiques, and priceless art works, up close and personal. We tour a good portion of the main house & guest house, but not everywhere, and certainly not allowed to go down to the river & falls. Here is our tour group as we first approach the house. 

It’s raining lightly off and on and they supply umbrellas at ever point where you go outside onto a terrace or path. It seems likely that rain is not an uncommon occurrence in this part of the country.

Steps from the living room down to the river.
Path behind the main house, coming down from the guest house.

 

There is a trail down to the iconic photoshoot point where it seems you really can’t take a bad picture of the house.

From the iconic picture vantage point.

Here’s a short video of our visit to Fallingwater.

After the tour we drive around a bit and see some very cool places where rivers and bike trail intersect. 

Shirley on the street corner.
River bridge & bike trail.

However, being a rural area there are not too many restaurants, none of which work for Shirley, so we move on to Polymath Park.

At Polymath Park were shuttled through a scenic 130 acres to the Duncan House,

Duncan House from the rear.

Balter House (my fav of the three),

Bater House at the back overlooking the park.

and the Blum House.

Blum House

Duncan is the only “true” FLW house which was build originally in Isle, Illinois and then disassembled, moved and re-assembled (over the course of a couple of yeas) at Polymath Park.  The Blum & Bater houses were designed by FLW apprentice Peter Berndtson. All of these three houses are bookable for overnight stays. I think this would be great but we can’t agree on which house, besides they are booked quite a long way out. After the tour it’s back to Belle Vernon for dinner. Tomorrow we turn homeward and it’s a big driving day to Mackinaw City.

Day 7 photos.