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Farnsworth House

14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 60545-9710
+1 630-552-0052
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A Modernist Pilgrimage

Having studied this modernist icon in architecture school decades ago, my wife and I had hoped to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Miami, Florida
via mobile
Not your year round cottage.

It was an excellent guided tour - very informative. How practical this house would be to live in... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
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Landmark house designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that is open to the public.
  • Excellent86%
  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 60545-9710
+1 630-552-0052
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having studied this modernist icon in architecture school decades ago, my wife and I had hoped to some day visit this purist exercise by Mies van der Rohe. It only took about 50 years to get here, but it was worth the wait. The tours...More

Thank archigator
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It was an excellent guided tour - very informative. How practical this house would be to live in was a question. Perhaps with no neighbors it would work. Still it was worth the trip.

Thank mbi226
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Very unique architectural statement from Mies. The setting and the house are inseparable. Must see them as one. Worth the day trip from Chicago.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

We had booked a tour online, and received an email about recent flooding that had cancelled some earlier tours. We were given an option to reschedule. We kept the reservation and were there for an 11:00 tour on a beautiful Saturday. That morning there was...More

Thank Mack3065
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We took the Chicago Architect Foundation tour of the Farnsworth House. The tour included a comfortable bus ride from the CAF Tour Center on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. The CAF docent provided an overview on the bus - plus we watched Mies DVDs there and...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I'd seen many photos of this house, but until you see it in its setting you haven't really seen it. The guided tour starts at the visitors center, which has a lovely gift shop. You view a video about the architect and the house. Then...More

Thank PepperRoss
Reviewed 20 May 2017

"People who live in glass houses." Wow, to go to the source. What can I add to all the reviewers who gave it 5 starts? Well maybe to the one in 2016 who after taking the whole tour still somehow thinks it is by Frank...More

Thank HelloJoeOne
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

Amazing house visited in April 2015. Planning to visit today again with the whole family. Excited to show my wife who is into architecture.

1  Thank Louis C
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...More

1  Thank Pillsbury1111
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
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Lauren R
16 April 2017|
Response from Mary_Goes_West | Reviewed this property |
You can, but you may not be able to see it from the road. You might have a better look from the bridge nearby.
22 May 2016|
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Response from raysan208 | Reviewed this property |
There is no public service "door to door" to the Farnsworth house. The Amtrak rails can get you from Chicago to downtown Plano which is about 4 miles or so away. It is fairly easy drive by car from Chicago to the Farnsworth... More