Farnsworth House
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Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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Location Plano, Illinois   map
Date 1946 to 1950   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System steel frame with glass
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes International Style exemplar. Glass and steel house hovers in meadow.






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Discussion Farnsworth House Commentary

"The Farnsworth house is Mies's summary statement of those spatial and architectural concerns he first realized in the Barcelona Pavilion, and which he further developed in the Tugendhat house.... However, contained in what is a pure expression of its age is another vision, that of a transparent house in a verdant landscape."

— David Spaeth. Mies Van Der Rohe. London: The Architectural Press, 1985. p125.


American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1981

Sources on Farnsworth House

"Farnsworth House Saved", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 179, 2004.0128, pN1.1.

"Mies, Classical Modernist", by Michael J. Crosbie, ArchitectureWeek No. 61, 2001.0808, pN1.1.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. plan and section diagram, p158. grid geometry diagram, p194. binuclear diagram, p204.   Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. LC 89-31772. NA2840.F67 1989. exterior photos, construction section/anonmetric details, p266-267. drawing of wall section detail, p266.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at Amazon.com

Paul Heyer. American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. ISBN 0-442-01328-0. LC 92-18415. NA2750.H48. exterior photo, p86.

Wolf Tegethoff. Mies van der Rohe, the Villias and Country Houses. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1985. photo of interior, f21.11. Color photo of exterior, f21.10. photo of exterior, f21.12.

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f284, p354.   An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition Available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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