Flooding Closes Historic Site

Farnsworth House Closed for Remainder of Year

Damage from recent flooding has closed a Chicago-area architectural icon for the rest of the year.

Preservationists are asking for donations to restore the 52-year-old Farnsworth House in Plano.

It was built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

The glass and steel home filled with 18 inches of water when rainfall swelled the adjacent Fox River.

Flood waters covered the home's marble floors with mud, but there was no structural damage.

According to the National Trust For Historic Preservation, which owns the house, volunteers on Saturday paddled boats to the house to helped raise the furniture out of harm's way.

The Trust said it's likely the house  won't open to tours again until spring.

The Farnsworth House last flooded in 1996, when it filled with more than 5 feet of water, causing $500,000 in damages.

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