In-state architectural masterwork visited by Women in Construction
"The weather was perfect, and it was cool to see the property in the fall," said club President Amanda F. Ritter, of Williamsport, a building science & sustainable design: architectural technology concentration student. "We learned a lot about the residence and how the Kaufmann family lived in the house. We also learned how they dealt with the issues that the architecture caused, and how Mr. Wright dealt with those issues when he was alive."
There were water-related complications that came with the design of the house, which Wright cured by cutting into the concrete and making drainage paths for the water to the exterior; the group also learned of significant remediation and renovation undertaken during the 2000s.
Other students making the 200-mile trip to Fallingwater, now owned by a conservancy and open to the public as a museum: Ashley R. Chilson, Mansfield, residential construction technology & management; Maya A. Lawton, Coudersport, bachelor of architecture; Makenzie E. Witmer, Bellefonte, construction management; and Genevive J. Yamelski, Hunlock Creek, machine tool technology. They were joined by Ellyn A. Lester, assistant dean of construction and architectural technologies, and Jessica U. Oberlin, assistant professor and librarian, information technology initiatives, the club's co-advisers ; and Crystal J. Rice, library operations/public services coordinator.