farnsworth house

Inventing a disaster management plan on the spot, David Bahlman, president of Landmarks Illinois, Barbara Campagna, the Trust's director of architecture, and others borrowed a flat-bottomed aluminum motorboat from a nearby homeowner and rode through the brown floodwaters to the skeletal white house, whose walls consist of huge sheets of floor-to-ceiling glass.


They made makeshift tables out of hastily purchased crates and boards, and stacked rugs and other furnishings on them. They bundled the bottoms of curtains in plastic garbage bags, getting the curtains off the floor. They lifted Mies-designed Barcelona chairs atop the house's wardrobe. Removable primavera wood panels from the house's fireplace wall went there too.


Then the big oncoming storm dissipated, the sun came out and the waters began to recede.




  • james webb PRO 8y

    wow, this is new to me, hadnt seen this reported anywhere else.
  • Greg Robbins 8y

    The Farnsworth House had been flooded a few times before, almost destroying it and the unique furnishings. This time it was pretty close!
  • ibz 7y

    fox river ? mies van der rohe for ever!
  • Dương Hài Cốt 3y

    Lovely Image .... Beautifully Done !!!
  • chris schroeer-heiermann PRO 3y

    what a great shot!! Better safe than sorry.
39 faves
Taken on August 24, 2007
  • ƒ/7.1
  • 18.0 mm
  • 1/200
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 2 groups

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context