Only a few days left before I head for Pittsburgh and the 2007 International City/County Management Association Conference. The conference program, and location, varies from year to year. In addition to the educational programs, which are often very good, there are opportunities – both formal and informal – to learn a bit about the host city (and county) and what it has to offer. As part of one of the “official” tours I will be visiting Fallingwater, one of the most famous of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential designs. This will be the first time since taking an art and architecture course in college that I will actually have been able to see an FLW building in person. (My favorite – so far, anyway – is the Robie House in Chicago.)
Going to Fallingwater will be close to a religious experience for me. I just love the line of the place, the way it combines sweeping horizontal lines with natural materials, and the setting with trees, rocks, and water. Speaking of religious experiences, I also plan to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral.
As a long-time fan of Pipedreams, an American Public Media (formerly American Public Radio) program featuring music written for and/or performed on pipe organs, I have tried to take advantage of being in different parts of the country, from the Kotschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine to the Wanamaker Organ at Lord & Taylor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (okay, both East Coast instruments, I know). So I hope to see (and hear) the organ at St. Paul’s Cathedral, right up the road from where I’ll be staying.
Too bad there are no Steelers tickets available.