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Farnsworth House

14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 60545-9710
+1 630-552-0052
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A Landmark of American Architecture

This unique minimalist weekend retreat designed by Mies van der Rohe was an inspiration for Philip... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
rodash
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New York City, New York
Unique place

My wife and I came upon this while driving through the area. As we do not live too far away we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Cecil S
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Elwood, Illinois
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Landmark house designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that is open to the public.
  • Excellent87%
  • Very good11%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“mies van der” (19 reviews)
“from chicago” (10 reviews)
“gift shop” (13 reviews)
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14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 60545-9710
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This unique minimalist weekend retreat designed by Mies van der Rohe was an inspiration for Philip Johnson's Glass House. If you are interested in architecture, it is a must-see for visitors to Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Center offers a 3 1/2-hour bus tour periodically.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came upon this while driving through the area. As we do not live too far away we decided to take the tour. If your interested in architecture this is a great place. Gift shop was first and not too impressive. The...More

Thank Cecil S
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

About an hour drive from Chicago, in rural Plano on the Fox River is a masterpiece of minimalist design by famous architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and is open for tours to the public. You do best to sign up ahead of time on...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

To say I was excited about visiting Farnsworth House is a bit of an understatement. I had studied Mies in architecture school in the late 70's. I've been lucky to have also visited the Barcelona Pavilion & had dinner in the 4 Seasons restaurant in...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

Don’t hesitate. A must see for architects or lovers of architecture. We hired a car from Chicago. An easy drive to get there. Very well preserved and maintained.

Thank WYWF
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Finally visited the house after talking about it for years. What a lovely setting. It is as simple and as beautiful as I had expected. It would be lovely in the fall with all the colorful trees surrounding the house. But it would be kinda...More

Thank M P
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

The guided tour for this home was excellent. Seeing this version of a minimalist home and its layout was so interesting and impressive! Also makes you start to think...how much “stuff” do I really need? Tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Very much enjoyed...More

1  Thank Deonna2
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 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
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Reviewed 13 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.

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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.

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Lindsey W
8 May 2018|
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Response from WYWF | Reviewed this property |
In our tour group there were only 4-5 people. A friend of mine had a tour where he was the only one there! Good to get there early.
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Lauren R
16 April 2017|
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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.
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tatabh
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
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