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Book Review - Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

By Maritz Vandenberg
October 2005
Paperback, 60 pages
Phaidon Press
ISBN 0714845582

This wonderfully concise book from Phaidon Press, presents a detailed account of the history, planning, and realization of a modern architectural icon; the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. Designed by perhaps one most influential architects of the 20th C., Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the Farnsworth House is a rare residential example of this architect's International Style. In fact, it was Mies van der Rohe's only residence built in America.

The book traces the development of Mies van der Rohe's design of the Farnsworth House; from his prior works, to the turbulent relationship between architect and client. Of particular interest are the many insights into details of the house and how they have changed over the course of time. Through the years, the house has been the subject of legal issues, change in ownership, flooding, and reconstruction. The book presents these aspects of the Farnsworth House and more... all revealed in fascinating detail.

A necessary part of any modernist's library, Farnsworth House explores and documents this important piece of International Style architecture in exquisite detail. With its beautiful images and drawings, the book is both a great reference as well as a joy to read.

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