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Farnsworth House

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
location Illinois, Plano
function museum, private house
contributed by rtaube

The Farnsworth House is a one room weekend retreat located on the banks of the Fox River, about an hour's drive from Chicago. It is considered by many to be the pinnacle of International Style in America. With the natural surroundings providing the privacy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was able to create a continuous glass wall that engages the resident with nature. The physical elements of the building have been distilled to their essence. As historian Maritz Vandenburg describes it, "All of the paraphernalia of traditional living (rooms, walls, doors, interior trim, loose furniture, pictures on walls, even personal possessions) have been virtually abolished in a puritanical vision of simplified, transcendental existence. Mies had finally achieved a goal towards which he had been feeling his way for three decades".

Norman O. Lewis says:
Recent floods levels went higher than Mies anticipated and entered the building and there was a movement to restore the building what's its current status?
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Farnsworth House
River Road 14520
United States
Project is public!
How to get there? From Chicago, travel west on I-88, continuing past two toll islands, to the Sugar Grove exit (West Rt. 56). Continue on Route 56 until the turn-off for IL-47/US-30/Sugar Grove. Travel south on Route 47. Turn right (west) onto Route 34. Travel to Eldamain Road (about 2 miles) and turn left. Eldamain Road ends at River Road. Take a right on River Road (approximately 2 miles). The Farnsworth House Visitor Center will be the first open gate in the black chain link fence.
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Completion 1951
ArchitectLudwig Mies van der Rohe
Project ID 2974
Latitude/Longitude 41°38'07N 88°32'08W
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