Farnsworth House

14520 River Rd., Plano, Illinois

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Description 

The Farnsworth House is nationally significant as an example of modern architecture and as an exemplary work of renowned architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It is one of the most famous examples of modernist domestic architecture and was considered unprecedented in its day. This building is one of the most frequently cited examples of mid-20th century attempts to reduce architecture to as few elements as possible, while also increasing the transparency of the building. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 17, 2006

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 7, 2004
Reference number
04000867
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: International Style; Other architectural type; Miesian
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1950-1974
Significant year
1951
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing structures: 2