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Farnsworth House

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REGULAR TOUR SCHEDULE RESUMES APRIL 2ND. Glass and steel residence notoriously designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Famous for its "almost-nothing" design and the legal battle between architect and client, the...more
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14520 River Rd, Plano, IL 60545-9710
+1 630-552-0052
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Reviewed January 26, 2019 via mobile

The winter tour uses a shuttle van to get you from the visitors center to the house. The attraction is both the architectural design of the house built by Mies van der Rohe and the relationship/conflict between the architect and Dr. Edith Farnsworth. I implore...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank HenryS739
Reviewed January 15, 2019

In November 2018 I was on an architecture tour, from Australia, of the mid-west of the USA. I was not familiar with this house and was truly amazed when I viewed it. You reach it by walking through pretty countryside for approximately 1/2 a mile....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed January 13, 2019

I have visited several of Mies' buildings throughout my life, and I thought I knew what to expect from this, that being said, I was in complete awe. amazing piece of architecture. I would recommend anybody to be mindful about traffic, but besides that it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rodolfo P
Reviewed December 2, 2018

Farnsworth House has long been a pilgrimage site for many of us fascinated by architecture. This year Farnsworth House has begun a group of new programs to allow an enhanced experience of the house. During the Fall there were both sunset tours and sunset cocktail...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AlWalavich
Scotty F, Visitor Center Associate: Information Specialist at Farnsworth House, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2018

Thank you for the great review and helping spread the word about our new offerings! We certainly hope to make the parties a continuing feature!

Reviewed September 16, 2018

This is a lovely diversion for those entering or leaving the Chicago area. The home is in a remote area on a large, private piece of land and you feel as if you are a private guest instead of queuing at a large, well- known...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 11, 2018

You'll need a bloodhound and possibly the help of some locals to find this place, but it is worth it. From yoga to drum ins this place enchants the soul of artisan hippy and urban yuppy alike. The boat house is a must see. Drop...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jason L
Scotty F, Visitor Center Associate: Information Specialist at Farnsworth House, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Thank you for your visit, and your 5-star review! We hope you continue to follow and support our preservation efforts!

Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable tour of a Mies van der rohe designed weekend home not far from Chicago. The site highly recommends purchasing tickets on line. $20 per ticket plus a $2.50 fee. There is a small gift shop of many books as well as coffee mugs, shot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scotty F, Visitor Center Associate: Information Specialist at Farnsworth House, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Thank you for making the trip out to Plano! Your 5-star review is very much appreciated!

Reviewed August 21, 2018

We booked to do this tour though you can chance it and join the next one. A video gives you some background before the tour and there are displays which you should take time to read. The tour was given by an excellent guide who...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Graham C
Scotty F, Visitor Center Associate: Information Specialist at Farnsworth House, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Thank you very much for your 5-star review! We're very glad you enjoyed your tour!

Reviewed August 14, 2018

This unique minimalist weekend retreat designed by Mies van der Rohe was an inspiration for Philip Johnson's Glass House. If you are interested in architecture, it is a must-see for visitors to Chicago. The Chicago Architecture Center offers a 3 1/2-hour bus tour periodically.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scotty F, Visitor Center Associate: Information Specialist at Farnsworth House, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Thank you for your 5-star review! The Glass House is also a property held by the National Trust, so make sure to stop by if you're traveling near Connecticut!

Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I came upon this while driving through the area. As we do not live too far away we decided to take the tour. If your interested in architecture this is a great place. Gift shop was first and not too impressive. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Lindsey W
May 7, 2018|
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Response from WYWF | Reviewed this property |
In our tour group there were only 4-5 people. A friend of mine had a tour where he was the only one there! Good to get there early.
Lauren R
April 16, 2017|
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You can, but you may not be able to see it from the road. You might have a better look from the bridge nearby.
May 21, 2016|
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Response from raysan208 | Reviewed this property |
There is no public service "door to door" to the Farnsworth house. The Amtrak rails can get you from Chicago to downtown Plano which is about 4 miles or so away. It is fairly easy drive by car from Chicago to the Farnsworth... More