River Road, Plano
One of the most significant residential designs of the 20th century—architect
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House—was saved in late-2003 through a
joint effort by Landmarks Illinois (LI), the National Trust for Historic
Preservation (NTHP), and the Friends of the Farnsworth House.
The iconic steel-and-glass house, which was completed in 1951, is located on the
banks of the Fox River, 60 miles southwest of Chicago. It was built as a weekend
retreat by Edith Farnsworth, who subsequently sold it in 1972 to Peter Palumbo,
a British arts patron who had restored several other historic properties
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Photo credit: Mel Theobald
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