The Farnsworth House

The incredible Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe.


This spring I made my first visit to Chicago. And while I did greatly admire the architectural richness of that city, making a visit to the nearby Farnsworth House was irresistible. Built in 1951 near Plano, Illinois, the residence designed by Mies van der Rohe is considered one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture.

In order to get there from Chicago, driving was more or less my only option. So I rented a car and set out to make the 57 mile drive, which took me from The Loop to the very fringe of Chicagoland’s ex-urban orbit. I passed through a distinctively American landscape of seemingly endless expressways, subdivisions and outlet malls, before finally making it to my destination after 75 minutes of driving. The sacrifice was absolutely worth it.

Today, the Farnsworth House is operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a house museum…

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