Farnsworth House Flooded Out

farnsworth house flooded photo

We have posted about the Mies Van Der Rohe's Farnsworth House a number of times, often as an example of how NOT to design a building. Today it is under water. It was already elevated on risers, but the Fox River near Chicago has risen two feet above that.

farnsworth house dry photo

The director of the historic site says "It's gut-wrenching. You have to come to terms with the fact that Mother Nature will always win in a power struggle."

Mies designed it to let flood waters run underneath, but in sixty years it has been flooded six times, including half a million dollars damage in 1966. Time to jack it up? ::Chicago Tribune via ::Archinect
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