Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House: “Less is More.”

In 2003 Sotheby’s auctioned the Farnsworth House, a landmark in modernist architecture designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1951 on 58 acres southwest of Chicago. The winning bidder was the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which paid $7.5 million. Thanks to this organization, Farnsworth House is now open to the public (from April through October each year). Mies (as he was most often referred) is widely regarded as a master of modern, minimalist architecture. Farnswarth House is one of his most iconic structures—demonstrating his (and modern architecture’s) focus on simplicity. Mies’ motto “Less is More” and “God is in the Details” are now overused terms—especially when you examine the truth of these terms at Farnsworth House.

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