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GSC History Students Visit Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece

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Bob Edwards
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Glenville State College
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Glenville, WV—Dr. Arthur DeMatteo, Glenville State College Associate Professor of History, led ten students from his History 208 and History 335 classes on an optional field trip to Fallingwater near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania on April 17th.

“In both of these classes, we study the humanities and culture as part of our American history. Modern architecture is part of that discussion, so the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, is certainly relevant,” said DeMatteo.

Several students in Dr. DeMatteo's History 208 and History 335 classes recently visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Pictured left to right: (standing) senior Tim Daly of Woodstock, Georgia, freshman Kevin Hardbarger of Big Bend (Calhoun County), West Virginia, junior Victoria Vineyard of Arnoldsburg (Calhoun County), West Virginia, freshman Brittany Armstead of Spencer (Roane County), West Virginia, freshman Nina Beall of Big Bend (Calhoun County), West Virginia, senior Charley Smith of Buckhannon (Upshur County), West Virginia, senior Mark Geiger of Grantsville (Calhoun County), West Virginia, sophomore Athena Morris of Glenville (Gilmer County), West Virginia, (seated) Professor Art DeMatteo, freshman Randolph Domigpe of Alexandria, Virginia, and freshman Beau Bertus of Parkersburg (Wood County), West Virginia.

In 1936, the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a summer home for them in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. His legendary creation, Fallingwater, actually incorporates a natural waterfall into the design of the home. Today, Fallingwater is a National Historic Landmark that has attracted over 4.5 million visitors.

“Our tour of Fallingwater was an interesting and inspiring day. I feel very fortunate that GSC and Professor DeMatteo provided the experience of seeing in person the creativity of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the invaluable lesson and experience that comes with trips outside the classroom,” said GSC senior Mark Geiger of Grantsville, Calhoun County West Virginia.

The trip to Fallingwater was sponsored by the Glenville State College Social Science Department.

Visit to learn more about Fallingwater.

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