A few months ago, I wrote about the Farnsworth House, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s mid-century masterpiece. Unfortunately, on September 14, 2008 tropical storms and the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused the house to flood.
The house, mounted on columns five feet above the ground, is located within the flood plain of the Fox River and has flooded before. However, this time, record-breaking flood waters rose two feet over the deck and filled the house with almost a foot of water, as seen above. Luckily, the house is equipped with two dehumidifiers that were both in use within 24 hours. Pictures from the much milder 2007 flood are shown below.
You can follow the rescue and recovery on the Farnsworth House blog created after this recent disaster. Please donate at Landmarks Illinois in order to bring this beautiful piece of history back to its former condition.
Photos courtesy of Landmarks Illinois