The Farnsworth House was designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945-51. It is a one-room weekend retreat in a once-rural setting, located 89 km southwest of Chicago’s downtown on a 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.

The space was used as a place where she could engage in her hobbies: playing the violin, translating poetry, and enjoying nature. Mies created a 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 a 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 46 cm above the floor and the 1.5 m 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.

  • Renderings: Christopher Della Fave
  • Country: United States
  • State(s) Illinois
  • Models: Undisclosed
  • Year(s): 2019

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