The Farnsworth House is one of the most famous projects of the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Designed and built, between 1945 and 1951, as a weekend house, with the block of services at the center. It is located in a once rural setting, 80 kilometers west-southwest of Chicago, near the Fox River, south of the town of Plano. The glass and steel house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth, who wanted a place where she could enjoy nature and devote herself to her hobbies. Mies created a 140 m² house which has become one of the symbols of the modern movement. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. In September 2008 the house was flooded by rains, due to the collapse caused by Hurricane Ike. Water that reached 1.5 m above the ground submerged the floor by almost half a meter. Many pieces of furniture were saved by floating. The house was closed for public visits for renovations throughout 2008 and reopened in spring 2009.
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