For the second year, the Illinois Arborist Association provided an annual day of service to the Farnsworth House in Plano.

Active and retired arborists spent the day providing tree care services on Farnsworth House property. Their service is a contribution to the site’s preservation in advance of the Farnsworth House resuming tours.

Many companies, some that volunteered last year, donated employee time and gear. The donors include Alta Equipment, American Tree & Turf, Busted Knuckles Landscaping, Davey Tree Experts, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Kramer Tree Specialists, Lopez Tree Service, Tom Morrison (retired) and Russo Power Equipment.

Special thanks go to Norm Hall, crew coordinator, and Todd Haefke, event chairman for bringing the opportunity to the site. Because of the dedicated IAA members, companies and tradesmen, Farnsworth House property received work valued at $30,000. The gift will allow guests greater access to the wooded grounds.

Farnsworth House normally would have reopened for its regular season of tours March 31. Follow the latest schedule at

Featured this year will be viewing of "Edith Farnsworth’s Country House," a temporary refurnishing of the house to reflect its 1955 appearance. Along with this centerpiece of the year of Edith, a new tour and exhibits will focus on the untold story of the woman who commissioned Farnsworth House, was an accomplished research physician, classically-trained violinist, poet and translator, world traveler and music lover.

Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, a representation of both the International Style of architecture, as well as the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamlined design of Modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature. Van der Rohe constructed the glass-box residence of “almost nothing” for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat along the Fox River in Plano. It continued to be a private residence for more than 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.

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