Blair Kamin on the Farnsworth House Flooding and How It Can Be Prevented


The Chicago Tribune‘s resident critic Blair Kamin has had a lot to talk about starting this weekend, as the sad news of Mies van der Rohe‘s rural masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, has succumbed to flooding, following the massive amounts of rain we received here in the midwest over the weekend. In his first post on his blog, he looks over to Vikki Ortiz‘s story about the flooding and the worries over how much damage will be done. In his second, he reports on the damage, with the waters rising far enough to make a big mess and causing the House to close for tours until next year, but saying that things certainly were not as bad as they could have been. In his most recent post, he offers up a discussion on how this flooding, which seems to happen every decade or so, could be avoided in the future, even if it means doing the unthinkable, like relocating the house to higher ground. In the end, we’re very happy the House seems to be doing okay and we, personally, hope it stays put and remains dry for the rest of eternity. More information is available and donations can be made at Landmark Illinois’ site.