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Lecture: Before and After Fallingwater

July 26, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Before and After Fallingwater
Benno Janssen’s and Richard Nuetra’s Houses for the Kaufmann’s
Scott W. Perkins
Director of Preservation, Fallingwater
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

The Kaufmann family is perhaps best known for Fallingwater, their weekend house in Bear Run designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) in 1935 and completed in 1939. A color pencil rendering of Fallingwater, and its architect, appeared on the cover of Time in 1938, forever linking the house to the prospering modernist architecture movement and solidifying it among the style’s great buildings. Edgar J. Kaufmann (1885-1955), his wife Liliane (1889-1952), and their son Edgar, jr. (1910-1989) played leading roles in the dissemination of modernist design and art collecting primarily thorough the Pittsburgh department store that bore their name. There they influenced, and were influenced by, prominent designers, painters, and consumers of the era’s modern ideas. Yet perhaps even more compelling is their patronage of two additional architects, before and after Fallingwater, that were instrumental in their thinking about modernism.

About the presenter: Scott W. Perkins is the director of preservation at Fallingwater. He joined Fallingwater in 2013 and completed his MA and MPhil in Design History at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture in New York City. A board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, he is currently writing on the life and work of Eugene Beyer Masselink, an apprentice of and secretary to Frank Lloyd Wright from 1933 to 1959. He is also a graduate of the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago.

This lecture is FREE to PHLF Members. Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527


July 26, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
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