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Posted: 01/30/2012

Employer
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

The purpose of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s operation of Fallingwater is to preserve, maintain and make available for public education and appreciation Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, “Fallingwater;" to demonstrate by the example of Fallingwater the powerful result that can be achieved through the harmonious union of man’s work with nature; to maintain in Fallingwater its character as a weekend home of the period it was occupied by its owners, Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann (occupied 1938 to 1955) and their son, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. (occupied 1938 to 1963); to preserve its original furnishings, art and household objects, exhibiting them as naturally as possible in what is now a public museum; to conserve the land and watershed into which Fallingwater was designed to fit, as a continuing source of inspiration through a 4,600 acre nature reserve intended for both recreation and study. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy believes that Fallingwater is more than the sum of its parts: the architect, the client, the architecture, the art, the land and the period. It is the inspired coming together of these parts that makes Fallingwater a great work worthy of preservation.


Position
Fallingwater Preservation Internship
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Mill Run, PA
Details
$10/hr plus free on-site housing
 
This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site.  The preservation intern will be involved in a variety of tasks related to the restoration and maintenance of the historic buildings at Fallingwater.  This includes Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wrights masterpiece, and a variety of other historic structures throughout the 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve.  The internships primary focus is hands-on masonry restoration of Fallingwater, involving stone repointing, cement plastering, and concrete patching.  The student will also participate in other preservation projects throughout the summer, such as historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs.  The intern works under the supervision of the Curator of Buildings and Collections.  

Qualificiations: We are looking for a graduate student with education or background experience in historic preservation, historic building trades, or architectural history and experience in assessing and documenting historic structures. A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering or a relates field is preferred.


 

OPen until
03/01/2012

How to apply
To apply send resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list 112005 in the subject line. Application deadline is March 1, 2012.
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