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“Well worth the wait”
Review of Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Plano
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Owner description: Landmark house designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe that is open to the public.
Surrey, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Well worth the wait”
Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We had travelled to Illinois in 2012 but not managed to get out to Farnsworth as we had no vehicle. This summer we traveled with friends and it was as said worth the wait.

The building is obviously not the biggest, but the tour guide was very knowledgable and his enthusiasm shone through. I could have probably spent an afternoon in the area. If your reading this you probably know all there is to know about the building but for anyone thinking about going I would recommend the trip. Similarly we also visited iit on 2012 which was also worth a visit

Visited August 2014
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Geneva, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“architecture as art”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Took an afternoon day trip to visit this house and wasn't disappointed. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about both the history and architecture of the house. Developed a true understanding of complex this simple structure was and how it truly is a work of art. Lovely setting. Enjoyed the fact that we spent so much time in the house and really got a good insight into the mind of the architect.

Visited July 2014
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Weldon
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Glass house on a beautiful river property”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Another National Trust Home to definitely visit. Very interesting story behind the building of this house. Go on a beautiful day and enjoy the hike to and from the house.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Worth The Trip”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Definitely worth the trip of driving from Chicago to Plano. There is really nothing else in the area to see. Signage for the house is really bad so you'll need GPS. They also don't tell you on the website but there is a twenty minute video that is on a perpetual loop which helped my non-architect husband learn about the significance of the house. It also probably goes without saying that kids would not find this interesting at all. There is a nice little gift shop to wait in before your tour. Walking to the house takes about five minutes and while there is a golf cart that the docent used to return after the tour I would imagine that people who have a hard time walking might have trouble with the experience. Our docent was very knowledgable but also a bit stiff, like she had given the same speech for many years. There was also a lack of information about Mies and his style. I know the tour was for the house, but the more information the more interesting the tour. Another nit-picky note, the landscaping could be described as natural, or unkempt. I was surprised with it's lack of thought and support of the house.

Visited July 2014
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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Modern Architecture”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Very interesting to see this modern home by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe . Our docent was so knowledgeable. The house is just beautiful and so is the land surrounding it on the Fox River. Dr. Farnsworth must have enjoyed spending her weekends in this tranquil setting.

Visited June 2014
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