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[Fallingwater from south-southeast]
View at the main (living room) level, from across the stream, from southeast.
The lowest level visible in this photo is the main level, where the end of the living room is flanked by terraces on the left and on the right. The stream runs under them, flowing from east to west (right to left), but can't be seen at all in this photo as it is behind and below the magnolia in the foreground. Stairs from the southeast terrace in the foreground to the second floor are visible (right of center in the photo). A man is barely visible under the stairs; behind him is the "front" door.
      The second-floor terrace in the foreground (upper-left, over the living room) leads out from the master bedroom, and the guest room is to its right (behind the tree trunks). Partly obscured by the trees is the stone west tower and (extending to the right from it) the third-floor gallery. A similar elevation photo from a slightly different angle shows the guest house above, higher up on the hill.
Original photo, taken by the webmaster.
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More years passed until I began to consider how unconventional a country house Fallingwater really is. A regular country house on ample acres would have a standard program in which outbuildings edge the approach, then a gateway announces the private domain (with implications of guards and challenges, a checkpoint) and in due course one reaches the entrance front, emphatically centered on the main door. On one hand lie hospitable facilities, on the other, work areas of all sorts. Unseen but promised is a garden front, more open and relaxed than the approach facade. Wright sidestepped this whole program - or did he?

- Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Fallingwater: A Frank Lloyd Wright Country House, pp. 172-3.

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