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Indy-ND wrote a review Sep 2020
South Bend, Indiana3,028 contributions389 helpful votes
I like to take road trips and one of the reasons I like them so mush is because I love to take pictures of places and things. I came across the Farnsworth House while looking into Fallingwater. I had seen the house in photos before, but didn't realize it was relatively close to me. So, I added it to the road trip stops. It was $20 for the tour (plus fees) and that's about what I would expect for something like this. It's slightly highbrow and charging a bit more keeps out people that aren't really interested in seeing it and would not be respectful of what it is. Basically, if you are paying $20 each to go, you're going to be smart enough not to touch anything. The tour starts at the gift shop and you walk down a trail, over a creek to the edge of the yard at the house. You meet your guide (who was awesome) and she took us to a few spots outside to tell us the history of the planning, construction, who has owned it and what has happened to the property over the years. All of it is very interesting. You then head up onto the porch, take off your shoes and then head in. Since we are going through "this virus thing", we had to wear masks and she told us to disperse around the house so we weren't on top of each other. It worked well. I managed pictures of everything I wanted with nobody blocking my views. It's a really interesting house. Once we had our fill inside, we were free to walk around the property and check out the trails and stuff. I checked out the boat house, the pool, and the tennis courts, which are all disused. I made my way back to the gift shop and checked out the round building next door that houses a wardrobe that was to be in the house. There is a reason that it isn't in the house, but I won't spoil the stories. I did pick up a book on the house and my usual magnet and stuff. The gift shop is excellent for architecture fans. There is also a wall that has the history of the house and it's timeline. From check in to me leaving, it was about 2:15 total time. I could have spent more time checking out the river and getting more photographs, but I needed to head to my next destination.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Emala wrote a review Aug 2020
Wheaton, Illinois144 contributions42 helpful votes
Our excellent guide was a retired architect. He started out by speaking for a full 30 minutes of background info on Ms. Farnsworth and Mr. Pei. We social distanced with masks outside the house. Then he took us inside - AC- and gave us plenty of time to view the interior. We were a group of 9, including 3 architects from Mexico. Wonderful tour.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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TorontoCity wrote a review Dec 2019
Toronto, Canada77 contributions32 helpful votes
We picked a very nice autumn day to visit with friends from the Chicago area. Nice walk along the river to the home. We had an excellent docent, a great experience overall. Good gift shop and gallery at the entrance. It will be interesting to see how the flooding issue is handled. Global warming will not be kind to this property. I worked in a large commercial Mies van der Rohe building in Toronto for a year or so. It was interesting to see how he handled something on such a very small scale.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Corb2000 wrote a review Nov 2019
Yorkshire, United Kingdom724 contributions344 helpful votes
This is one of a kind being the first glass pavilion home, now much copied. My visit coincided with unusually early snowfall which delayed my arrival. I was in touch with the visitor centre and they were flexible in the timing of my guided tour which was much appreciated given that travelling to Plano was a fairly large detour in my itinerary. As it turned out I was their only visitor that afternoon so I was lead on a personal tour by the docent. The snowy setting combined with autumn leaves made for some delightful interior and exterior photos. Good points: + While there are plenty of copies, there really is no substitute for an original Mies Van der Rohe + Excellent staff with many interesting stories regarding the ownership periods of both Dr Farnsworth and Peter Palumbo + Delightful riverside setting (while the nearby road bridge is an unwelcome feature it is fairly well screened) + Small visitor centre Not so good points: - A little out on a limb and difficult to combine a visit here with any other heritage sites, so you really need to want to see an original MVDR to make it worth it
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Global21260108341 wrote a review Oct 2019
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Close to Chicago, what an interesting tour with so many details of why the house was built and all the details that went into the building
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from scottyfleetwood, Information Specialist at Farnsworth House
Responded Oct 10, 2019
Thank you for the 5/5 rating! We're very glad you enjoyed your tour!
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