The Farnsworth House is at once petite and strong. It is transparent yet cozy. It is surrounded by nature and at one with the site. It is private, even in its openness. It exudes the tranquility of the outside… inside! Outside is inside and inside is outside. All the while, its lightness allows the house to hover over the ground. While building the house became a struggle for both the owner and the architect, it fulfills everything one could want in a personal retreat.
The Farnsworth House is one of the most significant of Mies van der Rohe’s works. Since its completion in 1951, the house has been meticulously maintained and restored. Originally conceived as a country retreat for client Dr. Edith Farnsworth of Chicago, the house sits facing the Fox River in rural Plano, Illinois USA. The design of the house represents the ultimate refinement of Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist expression of structure and space.
Prints of the Farnsworth House images are available for purchase at the Renaissance Art Studio, 481 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. You can find other information on "Renaissance" at www.framingglenellyn.com.
Photographed: October 2009