Recently, Liz and I made plans to visit the iconic Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. The Farnsworth House is a significant American architectural landmark today, owned and operated as a museum by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
It’s likely to be part of thousands of people’s Pinterest boards labeled “Dream House” as it is for me. Some day whether it is a home within nature or a condo in the sky, I want to live in an all glass and steel structure. I am energized by the transparency of them. For me, nothing is worse than the boxes we so often to put ourselves in.
The Farnsworth house was designed by architect Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951 for his client Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a very successful Chicago based nephrologist. For most of its time the house was a private residence and used as a vacation home.
Today, the Farnsworth House is a museum representing a significant movement in American modernist architecture. I encourage you to visit the Farnsworth website to learn more and while there, click over to the National Trust. Also, subscribe to the their digital magazine, Preservation (its free!). I leave you with some quotes that summarize what the Farnsworth House is all about.
Full Photo Galley