Levittown, The Fallingwater Of Bucks County?

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Fallingwater – Below from http://www.wkipedia.org,

Fallingwater stands as one of Wright’s greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with the striking natural surroundings. Wright’s passion for Japanese architecture was strongly reflected in the design of Fallingwater, particularly in the importance of interpenetrating exterior and interior spaces and the strong emphasis placed on harmony between man and nature. Contemporary Japanese architect Tadao Ando has stated: “I think Wright learned the most important aspect of architecture, the treatment of space, from Japanese architecture. When I visited Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, I found that same sensibility of space. But there was the additional sounds of nature that appealed to me.”[20]

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The fireplace hearth in the living room integrates boulders found on the site and upon which the house was built — ledge rock which protrudes up to a foot through the living room floor was left in place to demonstrably link the outside with the inside.

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Now what an original and Levittown house has –

Ceiling to floor windows in the front (kitchen) and  2 sets in the back of the house (living room)

Fireplace! open on 3 side, lights the kitchen and living room at the same time and shoots light down the hall into back bedrooms!

windows on every wall facing the outside light

Trees and greenery on each lot ( different each section ) sample-  mimosa, apple tree, honey suckle vine willow tree, so  when you look out any window you see green beauty

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They are beautiful houses that lend themselves to sitting and chatting while looking outside.

Levittown gets a bad rap sometimes and it was hit hard by the foreclosure “epidemic” but as I walk in the morning I see signs of renewal, like one street where the “new”  people moving in have put up white picket fences, they dot the street and echo the spirit of the old Levittown.

Mr. Levitt and his brothers did an excellent job in creating modest affordable houses with a hint of class and in doing so they also created a sense of community that lies within the bones of how Levittown is laid out.

Another example of this is the green areas which are many and woven into the landscape giving respite to the development.

There is much to be learned from Levittown and its architectural achievements.

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Levittown, Pennsylvania was the second “Levittown” built by William J. Levitt, who is often credited as the creator of the modern American suburb.

Levittown was planned and built by Levitt & Sons. The brothers Bill Levitt and architect Alfred Levitt designed its typical houses.

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See http://www.wikipedia.org

for more info!

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