May 18, 2005

Midwestern Mies: Farnsworth

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE
Mies's Farnsworth House

In December 2003, the National Trust for Historic Preservation took possession of one of the famed classics of modern architecture in America, the Farnsworth House, located on the Fox River, near Plano, Illinois. That acquisition reminds us that the National Trust is willing to lend its prestige to buildings of the 20th century, not just Victorian extravagances and classical palaces built by 19th century robber barons.