Saturday, November 14, 2009

CAMPAIGN TO SAVE FALLINGWATER


Who could not be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater? This iconic building is in need of constant upkeep and repair - and now you have the opportunity to "own" part of Fallingwater while contributing to its future survival.

A new campaign for Fallingwater announced this week, seeks to replace the house’s failing window glass while offering donors a rare opportunity to “own” a piece of the Frank Lloyd Wright masterwork.

The new Fallingwater Window Legacy Fund seeks the support of individual donors to permanently endow the windows of the house that has been called the the “Best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects.



Fallingwater’s windows seamlessly connect its interior with the outside world, creating a sense of harmony with nature that makes an experience of the house unforgettable. However, the existing laminate window glass has begun to fail and must be replaced to protect the house, its furnishings and art collections from heat, sunlight and UV radiation. The Fallingwater Window Legacy Fund offers opportunities, ranging from $500 to $10,000 and up, to endow Fallingwater’s windows – enabling replacement of current window glass as well as supporting future replacements. Endowment gifts may be made in the names of donors and/or their loved ones.

“We have been thrilled with the early response to the Fallingwater Window Legacy Fund,” said Lynda Waggoner, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “I think it is a testament to the power of this remarkable place that people from across the nation and around the world want to participate in its preservation in a very real and tangible way.”

Donors may select the specific window, skylight, glass door, or set of windows that they wish to endow. In return, they will receive a commemorative piece of the old Fallingwater glass, framed along with a drawing of the house. In addition, donors who endow a window at $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor wall in the Fallingwater Visitor’s Pavilion.

A new section of the Fallingwater website (fallingwater.org/113) enables visitors to browse all windows available for endowment within specific giving levels and make their selections. Interested donors may also contact the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Development department at 1-866-564-6972 or development@paconserve.org.

Now 74 years old and open to the public since 1963, Fallingwater remains an icon of the modernist architectural movement and a preeminent example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of “organic architecture.” Public regard for the house – which was recently named to the U.S. Tentative List, a prelude to becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site – only grows with time.

About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members.

For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

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