PLANO, Ill. (FOX 32 News) - Hidden deep within the woods of Plano, Ill. is a testament to the best that architecture has to offer.
Lost amongst the natural beauty of the surrounding forest, it’s a home that has been studied, copied and treasured for decades.
Its history is nearly as rich as its design, both worthy of being admired and respected.
It’s called The Farnsworth House, an architectural masterpiece, lost in our own backyard.
Thus began the illustrious history of The Farnsworth House.
The collaboration of Dr. Edith Farnsworth and famed German-American architect Mies van der Rohe, the home was designed in 1945.
However, its significance to unique ingenuity was acknowledged within the world of architecture long before it was ever built in 1951 – four years prior, a model of the house was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It was, to say the least, a departure of the modern American style of housing.
The house broke away from every American style of housing – which ruffled some feathers.
The 360 degrees of floor to ceiling glass walls, the flow of the floorplan, a lack of any actual rooms, the openness to nature. They’re things that shouldn’t work together – yet, they do.
The home is now a site of the national trust for historic preservation, where a team puts year-long tireless efforts to preserve its integrity and beauty.
Chicago is no stranger to beautiful architecture – towering buildings that stand as a monumental testament to continued ingenuity.
But, sometimes, if you take a moment, you can find the same in the most unlikely of places.
Hidden deep where you’d least expect it…