Step Inside Landmark Homes
Farnsworth House in Plano
Photo by Jeff Goldberg
Early spring, with its frequent rain showers, is the perfect time of year to visit one of the landmark homes that dot the western suburbs. Take, for instance, Farnsworth House in Plano, built by celebrated architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951. This year, the home celebrates its original owner, Dr. Edith Farnsworth. Replicas of her furniture will be installed in the house along with exhibits that portray this remarkable woman, who was an accomplished research physician, classically trained violinist, poet and translator, world traveler and music lover. Tours begin in April.
A second Mies van der Rohe home, the recently refurbished 1952 McCormick House at Elmhurst Art Museum, is open to the public year round. It was built for Robert Hall McCormick III, a member of the prominent Chicago family, and his wife, poet Isabella Gardner.Edit Module