Treading the Boards with Mies and Farnsworth


We’ve been subscribers to the New Yorker for years and we can always tell when we’re in one of those incredibly busy periods in our lives when we have a six month old stack of them, each completely unread (except for maybe the cartoons and movie reviews). Hence, why we found out about Paul Goldberger‘s piece about the new play, “The Glass House,” by way of Archinect. It’s from the Talk of the Town section in this week’s issue about creating a play about one of Mies van der Rohe‘s most famous buildings, The Farnsworth House. Here’s some:

“The Glass House” explores the romantic relationship between a female client and a male architect that merely happens to have, at its center, one of the most famous houses in history. The tensions between Dr. Edith Farnsworth, who dreamed of commissioning a great work of architecture, and Mies van der Rohe, who seduced her into letting him build the house he wanted, represent the stresses of almost every client-architect relationship. “It is the story of people who were together for five years and built this wonderful house, and then they sued each other,” June Finfer, the playwright, said the other day.