American Icons: Fallingwater [Studio 360]

In the year 2000, the American Institute of Architects asked its members to look back on the last 100 years and select the best American building of the 20th Century.

They didn’t pick a skyscraper, but chose an extraordinary house in the woods about 70 miles outside of Pittsburgh. The house is called Fallingwater and it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright said he wanted his client — department store owner Edgar Kaufman— to be as close to nature as possible.

As part of our series on American Icons, we asked Peter Crimmins to visit Fallingwater and figure out what’s so special about the house.