Restoration Updates on the Flooded Farnsworth House

Returning to a story from the other day about the flooding at Mies van der Rohe‘s Farnsworth House here in rural Illinois, the organization that runs the historic house, Landmark Illinois, has begun to use their site as a blog with updates on the restoration process. And it isn’t just “things are looking better every day!” sorts of posts. Sure to be of great relief to all the Farnsworth fans who watched helplessly as their icon drowned, they look like they’re set to lay it all out and be completely forthcoming with all the details, including, most recently, talking about the troubles they’ve run into with their insurance provider and all of the number of problems the flood water caused, such as:

The most significant and costly damage has occurred around the core. We will have to reconstruct the three doors (two bathroom doors and the mechanical room door) as they have swollen and can no longer close. The wing walls have expanded and the seams are gaping, the core has some significant areas of delamination, and what appears to be glue induced discoloration of the veneer below the flood line. The kitchen cabinets are showing rust and there are still several locations we haven’t managed to investigate because the analysis requires further deconstruction.

They’re also asking for donations, which we know we just talked about a minute ago, with patrons no longer having any money to give to cultural outlets, but if you have the means, it’s a very worthwhile cause that’s near and dear to the UnBeige heart. What’s more, if you’re somewhere nearby and donate a certain amount, they’ll lead you on a special tour, showing you the damage and what they’re doing to fix it.