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Farnsworth House, Plano

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The Edith Farnsworth House, formerly the Farnsworth House, is a historical house designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951. The house was constructed as a one-room weekend retreat in a rural setting in Plano, Illinois, southwest of Chicago's downtown. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Edith Farnsworth.

Mies created a 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) structure that is widely recognized as an exemplar of International Style of architecture. The retreat was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The house is owned and operated as a house museum by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In celebration of the 2018 Illinois Bicentennial, the Farnsworth House was selected as one of the Illinois 200 great places by the American Institute of Architects Illinois component (AIA Illinois) and was recognized by USA Today Travel magazine, as one of AIA Illinois' selections for Illinois "25 Must See Buildings".
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  • This is a great short trip from Chicago for any time of year. Must see for architecture buffs. Docents were great and very knowledgeable. 
    This is a great short trip from Chicago for any time of year. Must see for architecture buffs. Docents were great and very knowledgeable.  more »
  • Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. Our small group of eight were able to learn a great deal about Edith Farnsworth and Mies Van Der Rohe, and the history of the amazing glass box home. 
    Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable. Our small group of eight were able to learn a great deal about Edith Farnsworth and Mies Van Der Rohe, and the history of the amazing glass box home.  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking piece of architectural history. Worth booking the guided tour ahead of the visit as they sell out on weekend days. The guided tour is $25 per person and takes you inside the home, or you can buy entry to the ground for $10 and walk around the house on the outside. Our guide, John P. was absolutely fantastic - a well of knowledge about the home and the history of it, and his love and passion for Farnsworth House was not only captivating but infectious. The grounds are beautiful as well, great for a riverside walk on a lovely sunny day.
  • Absolutely worth it, great visit by Mac with a lot of details about its history and technical comments. A must if you love architecture!

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