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July 6, 2024

Architectural Focus: New book on Edith Farnsworth House in Plano highlights Illinois’s modern treasure

Riverside resident Michelangelo Sabatino has a deep interest in Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the famed architect who shaped Chicago’s skyline. His new book, The Edith Farnsworth House: Architecture, Preservation, Culture, examines the work of the German-born architect through the lens of the modern home he designed in Plano, Illinois (1945-1951) for Edith Farnsworth, a physician. The book also shines a light on the collective effort that led to the purchase of the Farnsworth House and its opening to the public.

The book’s recent publication coincides with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Edith Farnsworth House to the public in 2004. 

Sabatino, a professor of architectural history and preservation at the College of Architecture of the Illinois Institute of Technology, previously partnered with historian and preservationist Susan S. Benjamin to pen Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975. 

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