By Bob Batz for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fallingwater is again nominated to be added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO, which recognizes natural and cultural sites with “outstanding universal value.”
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recently announced its 2019 nominees. The new sites will be selected in July when the World Heritage Committee meets in Baku, Azerbaijan.
This is a second try for Fallingwater, the former weekend getaway of the Kaufmann family in the woods near Mill Run, Fayette County. It was one of a group of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings first nominated as a group in 2008. The group of 10 buildings’ serial nomination to the list in 2015 was deferred in 2016 and the list was pared down and revised again.
This nomination, coordinated by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and submitted in November by the National Park Service, includes Fallingwater and seven other Wright-designed buildings in the U.S.: the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago; Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House in Madison, Wis.; Hollyhock House in Los Angeles; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis.; Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill.