Stylish Homes

Farnsworth House, Plano Illinois


Last week I drove up to Chicago with my son, Nicholas, for a little getaway.  It was his idea and I said “Sure! Can we see some houses?”  I have been wanting to see Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House for a while and this was an ideal opportunity.  Located about 50 minutes outside of Chicago along the Fox River in Plano.  This house is a must see and I have to say I was in awe. I want to build something like this out at our farm!

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.

Come back tomorrow to see pictures from my visit to some of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Chicago.

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