Upon arrival at Fallingwater, I noticed there was something enchanting about this place. An artistic retreat created by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family, Fallingwater is neatly nested atop a waterfall, a monument merged between sandstone and the streams of Bear Run.
The one-hour guided tour was enlightening. Although many groups were touring the home and grounds with us, I never felt distracted or rushed. The atmosphere evoked peace, respect and admiration. Even the natural elements spoke in whispers.
I was inspired by Wright’s vision for such a simplistic, harmonious design. If I could infuse that kind of creativity into my own home, how much more welcoming would that be?
Also intriguing was the decor and literature throughout the home, perched on a shelf here, draped by a fireplace there. So many colors and natural textures to be admired.
Our guide mentioned at one point along the tour that the Kaufmanns were Jewish, but what surprised me –and a few other tourists– were the many cultures and religions represented here. These included a simple crucifix adorning a bedroom wall, a “praying statue” of African American actress Rose McClendon and a stone statue of the Hindu Goddess Parvati.
I don’t want to say much more about this place because I want to encourage you to plan a visit yourself. It is a truly rare gem.
Our adventure didn’t end here, but I’ll share my other stories in the next few posts. I thought I’d let this one sit for a bit and leave you with these words by Richard Nelson from The Island Within:
“I’ve often thought of the forest as a living cathedral, but this might diminish what it truly is. If I have understood Koyukon teachings, the forest is not merely an expression or representation of sacredness, nor a place to invoke the sacred; the forest is sacredness itself. Nature is not merely created by God; nature is God. Whoever moves within the forest can partake directly of sacredness, experience sacredness with his entire body, breathe sacredness and contain it within himself, drink the sacred water as a living communion, bury his feet in sacredness, touch the living branch and feel the sacredness, open his eyes and witness the burning beauty of sacredness.”
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