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Farnsworth House, Illinois : Architecture
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26 May 2014
Farnsworth House Lift
Hydraulic lift to prevent flood damage to this world-famous Modern Property – article by Fred Bernstein at Architectural Record:
Plans to protect Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House by placing it on a hydraulic lift that can be deployed in case of flooding are proceeding at a rate that has taken even the plans’ supporters by surprise, reports Fred Bernstein in the Architectural Record.
The lift will cost as much as $3 million, according to Robert Silman, a structural engineer whose firm has done preliminary design work on the system. But Silman says that the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which owns the Farnsworth House, “has a potential donor who is very interested, and we understand that the donor’s decision will be based on public acceptance.” That public acceptance could emerge as early as this month. On May 29 and 30, the National Trust will hold two town hall meetings, one in Chicago (in Mies’s Crown Hall) and one in Plano, Illinois, site of the Farnsworth House, designed in 1945 and completed in 1951.
Lohan, principal of the Chicago firm Lohan Anderson, says he supports the plan, and that in fact he proposed a similar hydraulic lift in the 1990s. Lord Peter Palumbo, who owned the house at the time, decided to sell the property instead. The trust bought the house from Palumbo, chairman of the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury, at a Sotheby’s auction in 2013.
Mies van der Rohe chose the location of the house along the Fox River to create just the right views – both to and from the famously transparent building.
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11 Mar 2013
Farnsworth House Flooding
Above freezing temperatures and continued rainfall has left the Fox River that runs next to the Farnsworth House in a state of rising flood waters today, March 11, 2013. The house is fully surrounded by river water, but neither the lower deck nor the upper deck has yet to be breached – source: miesglasshouse.wordpress.com
Farnsworth House Plano
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Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois
Mies van der Rohe, Architect
“an icon of 20th century modern architecture”
“The Farnsworth House is one of the most significant of Mies van der Rohe’s works, equal in importance to such canonical monuments as the Barcelona Pavilion”.
Farnsworth House Move
Director of the Farnsworth House, Whitney French, is considering how to protect the building from floods. The Fox River is close by and the lawns above which this Modern home ‘floats’ are increasingly prone to flooding. According to Fred Bernstein writing for archnewsnow.com the Farnsworth House has been “flooded at least four times (three of them in the last 13 years). The most recent flood, in September 2008, caused at least $500,000 in damage, mostly to interior woodwork”.
Currently when floods occur the property contents are protected but the building itself is left prone. So proposals to move the Farnsworth permanently, or to provide discreet protection such as pop-up glass walls around the perimeter, are being discussed.
Address: 14520 River Road, Plano, Illinois, United States of America
Location: 60 miles from Chicago
Directions: head southwest from Chicago
Client: home built for Dr. Edith Farnsworth
Edith sold the Farnsworth House in 1972 to Lord Palumbo from England
Farnsworth House architect: Mies van der Rohe, USA
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Illinois Buildings by the Farnsworth House architect
860-880 Lake Shore Apartments, Chicago
photo : William Zbaren
860-880 Lake Shore Drive
Chicago Federal Center, Chicago
Crown Hall + IIT Masterplan, Chicago
IBM Building, Chicago
Key Buildings by Mies van der Rohe
photo © architect adrian welch
National Gallery Berlin
photo © architect adrian welch
photo courtesy of Jan Klerks
Farnsworth House – Building Link
A Modern home, with simple rectilinear styling sitting aloof from the landscape – just like the Farnsworth House – is Johnson House, New Canaan – 1949 by Modern architect Philip Johnson : Connecticut Architecture
Farnsworth House : Illinois Building
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Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, USA