You Can Rent the Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House

History of the Farnsworth House

If you’re looking for a beautiful and stylish venue to rent for your purposes, the Farnsworth House is available. Located on flat land amongst the wooded areas near the Fox River in Illinois, the warm atmospheric hideaway might be what you’re looking for if you’re planning a wedding, seminar, corporate meeting or photo shoot. There’s a good reason why this historic building is available to the public to rent: it’s gorgeous.

Constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945-51, this house was built for the intention of being a weekend retreat for the original owner, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist (doctor that studies human kidneys). The house is 55 miles southwest of downtown Chicago on a 60-acre estate.

Farnsworth commissioned the world famous architect, Mies, to conceive a weekend retreat that would place Farnsworth in a serene, natural environment when getting away from the hustle and bustle of Chicago city living. Farnsworth was keen to Mies’ artistic ability as a modern architect and trusted his judgment when plotting the house–giving him the right to build it as if it were his own.


Near the end of construction, there was a publicized feud between the world-famous architect and Farnsworth that included disagreements over the blueprint of the home and material costs. The pre-approved budget for the home was at $58,400, but, due to the Korean War and inflationary shortages due to material costs rising, the home was completed over-budget at $74,000 in 1951 ($648,000 in 2012).

After the dust had settled on construction and the public feud, Farnsworth continued to visit the home as her weekend getaway for the next 21 years. Encroaching state highway construction projects motivated her to sell the property and move to Italy in 1972.

The home itself is very minimalist in style, mirroring earlier efforts of Mies. People from all around the world visit Plano, Illinois to behold the artistic masterpiece constructed over six decades ago. A house of glass, the elements of nature are constantly in display. The foundation consists of steel pillars that hold the house floor 5 feet 3 inches above a flood plain. The steps appear as if they’re floating. 13115vMies’ vision of giving the individual in an industrial society the ability to live in tune with nature, outside of the technology driven modern era is fulfilled with this masterpiece. Today, the Farnsworth House is listed in the National Register and is a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior.

Rent the Farnsworth House for Private Event

There are few unique settings that you can hold a private party or corporate event that match the Farnsworth House. The iconic architecture you’ve seen a thousand times in art books can be yours by renting it for a wedding, bridal shower, cocktail reception or creativity workshop. The staff at the Farnsworth house provide catering and beverage services. Rent inflatable project screens, tables and chairs and wedding tents if you plan on renting the Farnsworth house. Contact Rent It Today for extra party rentals in the Chicago, Illinois area!

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