This gallery collects just a few of the images and videos that chronicle the story of Farnsworth House, its unique architecture and its remarkable relationship with the landscape around it.


Discussion Forum – Full Video

April 2014 the Trust held a series of Discussion Forum meetings in Chicago. These meetings were attended by an invited group of experts and stakeholders to learn more about the options for flood mitigation at Farnsworth House. This video is the unedited footage of the presentation portion of the meeting.


Designed for the floodplain

Mies designed the house with the river in mind. The lower patio was intended to flood, however the increased frequency of extreme flood events places the entire structure at risk.

Photo © Carol Highsmith


After the Flood

When the waters recede staff can reenter the House, inspect the degree of damage and begin to clean up.

Photo © National Trust for Historic Preservation