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Farnsworth House

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Address: 14520 River Road, Plano, IL 60545
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09:00 - 16:00
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Landmark house designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that is open...

Landmark house designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that is open to the public.

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If YOu're an Architectural Fan - This is a Not to be Missed Experience!

WoW! After reading about and studying this classic icon of architecture since I was a student (more than 30 years ago) I was finally able to walk the grounds and visit the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 December 2016
Gulf Coast Florida
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Gulf Coast Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

WoW! After reading about and studying this classic icon of architecture since I was a student (more than 30 years ago) I was finally able to walk the grounds and visit the Farnsworth House. I bet many others feel similarly upon visiting this important work of art. It's a must see if you're into architecture or modern design. Superb!

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

For all architecture fans, a place that should be on your bucket list! We had an excellent tour guide, and enjoyed everything about it ...the history, the location, the design. It was simply wonderful, and a great gift shop to boot!

Thank Mary_Goes_West
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

This icon of modern architecture is worth the 1 hour drive from Chicago Thanks to Mac for his knowledge and explanations and to Ellen for the kindness . Beautiful place

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Freeport, Il
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Mies was misunderstood by many in his time. The existence of this structure today is living proof of his timeless genius. A great example of timelessness. The Marilyn Monroe of architecture.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Although beat to the punch by Phillip Johnson, who saw Mies' initial designs for a glass house, the Farnsworth House is the progenitor of the residential glass box. While the house is stripped to its simplest elements, Mies' handling of his basic materials, steel, glass, wood and travertine is almost Victorian in its sumptuousness and perfectness. The house literally floats... More 

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Villa Ridge, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is a tremendous site to visit. The house is great and the grounds are nice. The guided tour is great and the guides are very knowlegable. The site is a bit hard to find for someone out of state. If you find it the trip is worthwhile.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

The Farnswhorth House was the very first house I drew in architecture school and I was really excited about visiting it when I went to Chicago. However, I considered not doing it since it's hard to get there from the city. I am so glad I finally decided to do it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and he gave... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We took the Chicago Architecture Foundation Sunday bus tour out to the house. It included a guide at the house and took about 4 hours and 30 minutes (travel time took up about 3 hours). The bus was comfortable and provided a glimpse of Illinois corn fields a little over a hour from the frenetic pace of Chicago. The house... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

There's not that much to see compared to other private homes built by famous architects that are now open to the public, but then again, this was a weekend retreat for one person and built by an architect who believed in "less is more." Still, the stories behind the house and the building itself are well worth the roughly 66-mile... More 

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

+ Ample parking space + Tour schedules and ticket purchase available online + Has a little gift shop + Very knowledgeable tour guides + Tour started and ended on-time + Nice walk through the woods before you reach the house + After the tour, we were able to ask our guide more questions. Needs improvement: 1) No place to eat... More 


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