The Farnsworth House is a one-room house made purely out of steel and glass situated at the center of a beautiful meadow situated on the banks of the Fox River in Plano, Illinois. Recognized as one of the important works of 20th century architecture, the Farnsworth Cottage is now under the ownership and care of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and today serves as a house museum. The Farnsworth House has been regarded as a sculptural masterpiece both for its simplicity and its design.
Farnsworth House was built by Mies van der Rohe and is considered to be one of his finest works. The house continues to remain significant for two reasons. The first of which is that it embodies the culmination of the aesthetic experimentation der Rohe utilized for this particular home design. The second significance is that it continues to be a magnificent embodiment of the modernism trend in architectural design which had its root in Europe.
Today, the Farnsworth House is open to the general public for viewing and to appreciate modern architectural design at its finest. Several guided tours are done from Tuesdays to Sundays between the months of April and November. Specially designed tours are also available for architecture design students and can be coordinated with the group tour office in advance. Much of the exterior of the Farnsworth House and its gardens can be photographed to serve as a souvenir of your trip. If you would like to take some photographs inside the Farnsworth House, be sure to first coordinate this with your tour guide at the beginning of the tour.