Pittsburgh Paints helps Fallingwater capture Frank Lloyd Wright’s original vision

Historic home’s new paint colors match original colors selected in 1936


PITTSBURGH, Sept. 20, 2007 – Pittsburgh Paints recently partnered with The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Fallingwater to repaint Frank Lloyd Wright’s historic Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa. The exterior of the home has been repainted in noticeably darker shades than its previous exterior colors to match the original colors that Wright chose in 1936.

Using an in-depth color analysis performed by Fallingwater, color experts and Pittsburgh Paints’ research and development team, Pittsburgh Paints was able to develop color cards that give Fallingwater its new “old look.”

“Color was very important in conveying Frank Lloyd Wright’s aesthetic of organic architecture as a unified whole. He drew from two sources in determining his palette of a given project: the nature of the site and the nature of the building materials,” said Lynda Waggoner, vice president and director of Fallingwater. “At Fallingwater, Wright employed both a limited palette of color and a limited number of materials in his desire to create an organic and integrated whole.”

Consumers who want to bring a little Fallingwater into their homes are in luck. Pittsburgh Paints developed a special, commercially available palette of Fallingwater-inspired colors. These 13 shades have been culled from the fabrics, walls, furniture and surrounding landscape of the historic home and authenticated by Fallingwater.

Pittsburgh Paints is proud to offer the Fallingwater-inspired color palette because it honors Wright’s dedication to blending architecture and nature,” said Tom Dougherty, marketing manager, Pittsburgh Paints. “Homeowners who want to take Wright’s ‘one with nature’ philosophy even further can also use these shades with Pittsburgh Paints’ Pure Performance Paint.”

Pittsburgh Paints’ Pure Performance Paint – a no-volatile organic compounds (VOCs) paint – features minimal odor during application and drying and mildew resistance on the paint film. Pure Performance Paint meets strict environmental requirements and was the first paint to receive the Green Seal Class A Certification. It is available in four sheens and more than 1,800 colors.

To view the Fallingwater Color Palette, order samples and learn more about Pure Performance Paint, please visit the Pittsburgh Paints color Web site at www.voiceofcolor.com.

Pittsburgh Paints has provided quality paints for more than 100 years to consumer, commercial and industrial markets. Consumer brands include Manor Hall, SunProof and Pure Performance paints. Pittsburgh Paints are manufactured by PPG Industries.

About Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Fallingwater, the masterpiece home designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar J. Kaufmann in Mill Run, Pa. In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann jr. [sic] entrusted Fallingwater to the Conservancy. As a symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors. Since its founding in 1932, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected more than 215,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania, restored watersheds and saved natural habitats for a diversity of life and uses.

About PPG
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG's sales in 2007 were US$11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of US$2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com.

Manor Hall, Pittsburgh, Pure Performance and SunProof are trademarks of PPG Industries.

 

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Dee Schlotter
PPG Architectural Finishes
412-434-4172
schlotter@ppg.com

Craig Pellegrini
Burson-Marsteller
412-394-6649
craig.pellegrini@marsteller.com
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