Today is California modernist architect Richard Neutra’s quasquicentennial

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Today Richard Neutra would have been 125.  He was born in Vienna Austria. He studied under Adolf Loos at the Vienna University of Technology.  After serving in World War I and working for a short while in Germany he moved to … Continue reading

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Happy Easter and Happy 130th Birthday to Mies Van Der Rohe

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This is the father of modernism Mies Van Der Rohe’s 130 birthday.  Here is the Farnsworth home built in 1945 about an hour outside of Chicago in Plano, IL.  It is a iconic piece of American residential architecture. He raised the house to catch views of the Fox River.  Due the fact it is so close to the river it has been flooded a couple of times.  Studies are underway to create an unobtrusive way to lift it when a flood occurs.

Front or River view of the house

Front or River view of the house

Entry showing floating front porch

Entry showing floating front porch

First view of the Farnsworth House approaching from the visitor's center.

First view of the Farnsworth House approaching from the visitor’s center.

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Happy 507th Birthday to Andrea Palladio

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Andrea Palladio whose 16th century homes were built as country houses for the wealthy Venetians are still being used as homes was born today 507 years ago.   His symmetrical floor plans and classical detailing are still being used in residential architecture.

Here are some photos of his Villa Emo near Treviso Italy that I had the pleasure of visiting this past June.IMG_4153 IMG_4152 IMG_4165 IMG_4164

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Touring the Farnsworth House

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This past week while in Chicago we got the chance to visit the classic modern residential masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe.  It is located in Plano, IL.   Dr. Farnsworth was a physician who did a lot of research wanted a cabin about an hour away from the hospital where she worked in Chicago.   She met Mies at a dinner party and hired him to design the home for her.   The glass house is raised to avoid the floods of the river as well as give the best views of the river from everywhere in the home.

Front or River view of the house

Entry showing floating front porch

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First view of the Farnsworth House approaching from the visitor's center.

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