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The magnificent fiasco of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House

10 April 2021

9:00 AM

10 April 2021

9:00 AM

Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth and the Fight over a Modernist Masterpiece Alex Beam

Random House, pp.352, 22

John Ruskin believed the most beautiful things are also the most useless, citing lilies and peacocks. Had he known about the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, a rural community 50 miles west of Chicago, he might have suggested it too. Except this modernist building of 1951 is an evolved expression of the emerging industrial culture Ruskin so despised.

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