Farnsworth House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation at 14520 River Road, Plano, has reopened to the public.
Additionally, for the first time ever, the grounds of Farnsworth House are open daily for hiking, picnicking on the lawn – or self-guided tours using an online exhibition guide. Also, 2.5 miles of trails are available for enjoyment, and guests are encouraged to arrive prepared for the outdoors (sunscreen, insect repellent, water, a folding chair or picnic blanket).
The Farnsworth House Historic Site is not a public park, so climbing, fires, loud music and active sports are discouraged. Restrooms will be available. Tickets for grounds admission cost $10 per person and are available online or during current business hours.
Designed and built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth from 1949-1951, the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, and is one of the world’s most widely recognized and studied structures of the 20th century. It is a representation of both the International Style of architecture and the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamline design of modern structures with the organic environment of surrounding nature.
The glass-box residence of “almost nothing” was built as a country retreat for Farnsworth. It continued to be a private residence for over 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.
In addition to reopening, the Farnsworth House has launched an exhibition, "Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered," an 18-month focus on namesake Dr. Farnsworth’s life and times, the centerpiece of which is Edith Farnsworth’s Country House – a temporary refurnishing of Farnsworth House to appear as it was originally furnished by Farnsworth.
New tours and exhibitions focus on the untold story of the remarkable woman, who was an accomplished research physician, classically trained violinist, poet and translator, world traveler and music lover. Tickets for guided tours cost $20 per person and are available online or during business hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. No admissions will be sold after 2:30 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased in advance on the website farnsworthhouse.org or anytime by calling 866-811-4111. Have more questions? Visit the website or call 630-552-0052. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@FarnsworthHouse) to keep up on our many forthcoming exhibitions, programs and events.