The Farnsworth House, designed by 20th century modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, was built in 1951 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a successful research physician, polymath and Italophile. The 2200 square foot glass and steel pavilion was built on a river floodplain west of Chicago and launched Mies’s American career. In 1971, the home was purchased by the British arts collector and promoter Peter Palumbo, who restored and enriched the property with a world-class collection of modern sculpture, removed prior to his selling the property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2003. Since 2018, a new and broader mission and vision have been emerging, rooted in the property’s history as a rural retreat and center for creativity and wellness. Join us as Farnsworth’s Executive Director, Scott Mehaffey, describes the revitalization of the Farnsworth House, a National Historic Landmark that attracts nearly 12,000 visitors per year and continues to influence modern architectural design.
This lecture will be presented virtually. The link will be emailed on the morning of the session.
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