Farnsworth House Fall trip

It has been a really really too long since my last post! I've attempted to write about my grad backpack trip, but never had the motivation to complete that post. It's almost winter in Chicago now, so I've decided to end this lack of motivation by squeezing a post about this mini trip I took a few weeks ago when it was still fall in Chicago. I will start posting more often, for those who still follow me! Thanks and sorry for the delay! Work life is really different from academic life, and after staring at the monitor all day at work you kind of lose motivation to work more at home. 

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

We visited the arboretum in hope to see fall colors, but most of the trees were still verdant. It was still a beautiful place to visit, but just not as nice as I would have liked it to be.

Lonely tree

Lonely tree

Early Moon appearance

Early Moon appearance

Maple Leaves

Maple Leaves

Forest

Forest

It was a nice morning to visit the arboretum, as the weather was perfect for walking in the forest 

Pedestrians

Pedestrians

Bikers

Bikers

Nice leave contrast

Nice leave contrast

The Pokemon Go craze is over

The Pokemon Go craze is over

After the relaxing morning walk, we decided to go grab some Taiwanese food nearby, and after eating a ton of authentic Taiwanese food plus ordering a bunch of take out, we finally headed towards the Farnsworth house.

Chicago countryside

Chicago countryside

Interesting transmission structures

Interesting transmission structures

It was about a one hour drive from the Taiwanese restaurants to the Farnsworth house. For those who are not Architecture enthusiasts, the Farnsworth house was designed by Mies Van der Rohe, who also started the firm I'm currently working at now. Although the name of the firm has changed, there are still some remnants of Mies influence on the firm. Mies' grandson also worked in the firm and helped restore and renovate part of Farnsworth house. Anyway, enough of advertising here are some pictures I took when we visited. 

First Look at the Farnsworth House

First Look at the Farnsworth House

Blending in with nature

Blending in with nature

Floating stair steps

Floating stair steps

Mies Furniture

Mies Furniture

As you can imagine, the house would become really hot in the summers, and really cold in the winters. That's part of modernism which has been heavily criticized.

Transparency 

Transparency 

The Farnsworth House was designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951. It is a one-room weekend retreat in a once-rural setting, located 55 miles (89 km) southwest of Chicago’s downtown on a 60-acre (24 ha) estate site, adjoining the Fox River, south of the city of Plano, Illinois. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist, as a place where she could engage in her hobbies — playing the violin, translating poetry, and enjoying nature. Mies created a 1,500-square-foot (140 m2) house that is widely recognized as an iconic masterpiece of International Style of architecture. The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006, after joining the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.[4] The house is currently owned and operated as an historic house museum by the historic preservation group, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

In September 2008, the house was flooded by rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ike.[5] Water levels reached about 18 inches (46 cm) above the floor and the 5 foot (1.5 m) stilts upon which the house rests.[6] Much of the furniture was saved by elevating it above the flood waters. The house was closed to the public for the remainder of 2008 for repairs and reopened for public visitation in spring 2009.
— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnsworth_House
On the floating podium

On the floating podium

Raised from the ground

Raised from the ground

The Farsnworth house is located right next to a river, which is why the house is raised above ground. It will flood once in a while during the year, and ocassionally even high enough to flood into the house itself. According to our tour guide, even a few picasso drawings were damaged during some of the floods.

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Above is an image of how bad the floods can be. I also did not include pictures of the bed and kitchen so you can see they are located on the northern part of the farnsworth house. There also used to be a maple tree infront of the farnsworth house, which died due to age. I  believe they are currently replanting that maple tree, to restore the original aesthetics of the farnsworth house

View from the raised podium

View from the raised podium

Rear view

Rear view

You can see the kitchen from here

You can see the kitchen from here

Last look at the Farsnworth House

Last look at the Farsnworth House

Thanks for reading! I just wanted to start getting back into the habit of posting every week again. I have a whole graduate backpacking trip and few other trips I went on to post about. Work life honestly isn't too exciting, it really makes me miss my freedom when I was in school, although earning money is always nice. Feel free to contact me or get in touch with me if you need any recommendations and etc. I will be going back to Taiwan for Christmas, and hopefully I will have more things to blog about then. Hopefully, I'll be posting something new again next week!

P.S Thanks erica for driving us around that weekend

Thanks for visiting my blog again!

-Ian

12/7/2016 11:30 P.M