Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, the Farnsworth House is the quintessential example of modern design. One of only three such examples of the intimate, domestic structures Mies designed, the Farnsworth House is tucked away into a quiet, sanctuarial grove on a gorgeous stretch of the Fox River in Plano, Illinois, 60 miles west of his famed contributions to the Chicago skyline. In 2020 the Farnsworth House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, began celebrating Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered with exhibitions and programming focused on namesake Dr. Edith Farnsworth’s life and times. The centerpiece of this project, which will run through 2021, is Edith Farnsworth’s Country House – a temporary refurnishing of Farnsworth House to reflect its 1955 appearance. A new tour and exhibits focused on the untold story of this remarkable woman, who was an accomplished research physician, classically-trained violinist, poet and translator, world traveler and music-lover, are now available.
Moonlight Tours: Experience Farnsworth House as the sun sets in the west. Evening tours are back by popular demand, occurring every full-moon weekend (Friday and Saturday)from May to October.
Photo credit: Jeff Goldberg