Flood Topples Statue at Iconic Fallingwater House

An overflowing stream following heavy rain toppled a large bronze statue at architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania. The interior of the home wasn’t damaged. “It’s one of our most significant works here at Fallingwater,” Waggoner said of the Jacques Lipchitz sculpture. “It’s one that the house has come to be identified with. The first view, when you’re on the bridge, looking at the house — it’s right there.” Waggoner said the statue was submerged in the creek, held up by a chain that was installed after a 1956 flood, but was removed after the water level dropped. It’s being assessed for damage. She said workers would try to repair the wall and move the statue back into place.

We had a conversation with one of Fallingwater’s most intimate attendantsLynda Waggoner.