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Featured Partner: The Farnsworth House

August 28, 2019

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The Farnsworth House, located approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago near Plano, IL, was designed by German architect and former Bauhaus director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Chicago research physician Edith Farnsworth. During construction from 1949 to 1951, Mies served as both architect and general contractor, personally overseeing the construction and developing many details that would become hallmarks of his career in the United States. The Farnsworth House is considered by many to be the quintessential example of van der Rohe‘s architectural philosophy in practice. His radical embrace of reduction creates a structure that seems to float in the surrounding landscape. His client, Edith Farnsworth, did not completely share his enthusiasm for architectural purism and found the home lacked a certain practicability and coziness.

The house was purchased by the Illinois National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks in 2003 thanks to the generosity of many donors, and offers public tours Tuesday to Sunday from April until November and Tuesdays and Saturdays from January to March. Tours begin and end at the visitor center, where visitors can see an introductory film, visit exhibits, and purchase gifts.

On October 11-13, Farnsworth House, the Goethe-Institut Chicago, and Wunderbar Together will host “Geometry of Light,” an immersive laser light installation by renowned light artists Luftwerk in collaboration with Iker Gill.  The installation coincides with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. To purchase tickets, go to: https://farnsworthhouse.org/geometry-of-light/.

Docent-led daytime tours of Farnsworth House will also be available during “Geometry of Light” with advance reservations available here. Farnsworth staff can recommend hotels and restaurants located nearby.

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