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Steel beams prop up'underbuilt' Fallingwater

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater now has temporary steel shoring beneath its cantilevered living-room balconies.

Analysis of the structure during a long-standing restoration project by New York practice wasa (aj 22.7.92) showed it to be at risk - the result, according to consultant engineer Robert Silman, not of unrealistic ambition on Wright's part but of it being 'underbuilt by the standards of 1936'.

As a more permanent solution, it is likely that the main beams of the house will be additionally reinforced with the insertion of new pre-stressed members. The house will remain open to visitors while the work is carried out.

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