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Posted: 01/11/2017


Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most widely acclaimed works, was designed in 1935 for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner Edgar J. Kaufmann. Construction of the house began in 1936, and the house’s acclaim has grown steadily since that time. Perhaps better than any single work, Fallingwater exemplifies Wright’s concept of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. The key to the setting of Fallingwater is the waterfall over which it is built. Historically, the falls were a focal point of the Kaufmanns’ activities, and the family indicated to Wright their desire to locate their weekend house near them. Much to their surprise, Wright designed the house to rise above the waterfall, rather than face it. The Kaufmanns adopted Wright’s original scheme with few changes. Fallingwater is owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Preservation Intern
Internship Opportunity
Mill Run, PA




Mill Run, PA



Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Reinhold Family Preservation Internship. This full-time summer residency intern will interact with Fallingwaters preservation and maintenance department, visiting consultants, and vendors while working in and around a historic house museum environment.


Job Description:  Interns will be exposed to a variety of tasks related to the conservation and maintenance of the historic buildings on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancys 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. Interns will split their duties between documentation and photographic archives and hands-on stone repointing and concrete repair. Past intern projects have included historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs. The preservation intern primarily works outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions, so proper attire is required.


Qualifications: Applicants must be a current or entering graduate student in historic preservation, historic building trades, or architectural history with experience in assessing and documenting historic structures. A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering is preferred.


Position Duration:  Ten weeks, beginning June 1, 2017, and ending August 11, 2017. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), forty hours per week.



Location:  Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT).  Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended, as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.



Pay:  This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.






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How to apply
Application process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Preservation Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2017.
Scott Perkins
Box R
Mill Run, PA 15464

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