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Farnsworth House, Plano

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The Farnsworth House was designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951. It is a one-room weekend retreat in a once-rural setting, located 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Chicago's downtown on a 60-acre (24 ha) estate site, adjoining the Fox River, south of the city of Plano, Illinois. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist, as a place where she could engage in her hobbies — playing the violin, translating poetry, and enjoying nature. Mies created a 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) house that is widely recognized as an iconic masterpiece of International Style of architecture. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, after joining the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The house is currently owned and operated as an historic house museum by the historic preservation group, National Trust for Historic Preservation.In September 2008, the house was flooded by rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ike. Water levels reached about 18in above the floor and the 5foot stilts upon which the house rests. Much of the furniture was saved by elevating it above the flood waters. The house was closed to the public for the remainder of 2008 for repairs and reopened for public visitation in spring 2009.
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TripAdvisor
  • "People who live in glass houses." Wow, to go to the source. What can I add to all the reviewers who gave it 5 starts? Well maybe to the one in 2016 who after taking the whole tour still somehow think...  more »
  • Amazing house visited in April 2015. Planning to visit today again with the whole family. Excited to show my wife who is into architecture.  more »
  • WoW! After reading about and studying this classic icon of architecture since I was a student (more than 30 years ago) I was finally able to walk the grounds and visit the Farnsworth House. I bet many...  more »
Google
  • Had always wanted to tour. Was definitely not disappointed. Am not related.
  • It's basically a Mecca for architects haha
  • Fantastic piece of building art. Pictures don't do it justice, you must see it in person to truly appreciate this masterpiece.
  • Gorgeous Property! Excellent Staff!!
  • I wasn't very happy to go out so far from the city to just go see a house. But what a surprise!!!!! This is a marvel!!! Worth every penny!