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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Tour and Lunch: Edith Farnsworth House

Start Date: 6/21/2023 9:30 AM CDT
End Date: 6/21/2023 2:00 PM CDT

Venue Name: Edith Farnsworth House

Visitor Center Gate 1
14520 River Road
Plano, IL  United States  60545

Organization Name: Association of Licensed Architects

Joanne Sullivan
Email: ala@alatoday.org
Phone: (847) 382-0630

Join ALA for a Memorable Tour of the Edith Farnsworth House, followed by Lunch and Presentation

9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday, June 21
Plano, IL

Join us for a unique experience as we tour the Edith Farnsworth House, a modernist icon designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. After the tour, drive a short distance to lunch and a presentation by a team of esteemed speakers, presenting "Farnsworth House: A Collaborative Approach to Restoration," at The Homestead 1854 in Plano, IL.

This program has been approved ALA and AIA for 3 LUs/HSW.

About the Edith Farnsworth House Tour, Lunch and Presentation
We will gather in the Visitor's Center for check in and to enjoy coffee and muffins at 9:30 am. There is a film you can watch while waiting. Reminder: There are only (2) public restrooms on-site.

We will break into groups and then walk along mulched paths through the woods about ½ mile to view the home nestled into the landscape bordering the Fox River. The first half of the tour is outside the home; we will then proceed inside. Following the tour, we will drive to The Homestead 1854 for lunch and the presentation.

Important! Please note: 
Golf carts are available to transport visitors who are unable to walk the ½ mile from the Visitor Center to the house. There are 10 steps up from the ground to the entry level of the house; however, there is no lift available. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather, as the walk from the Visitor Center is on mulched paths through the woods. You may wish to bring insect repellent and sunscreen. Please call the ALA office at 847-382-0630 if you require any assistance as the staff at the Farnsworth House will work with us to accommodate the special needs of visitors. 
  • Photos for personal use both inside and outside the house are welcomed. There is no photography inside the bathrooms at the house and no tripods, selfie sticks, or drones are allowed on-site. 
  • Shoes are removed prior to entering the house and stockinged feet are required. Please wear or bring along your favorite socks for this portion of the tour.
  • Water bottles are fine; however, no food or drink may enter the house for the tour. They can be left outside on the terrace as needed.
The event will run rain or shine.

Tour Cost:
Tour cost includes welcome coffee and muffins, a docent-led tour of the home, lunch, and a one-hour presentation. Transportation is not included.

$135 Members and their Guests
$165 Non-Members   

This program has been aproved by ALA and AIA for 3 LUs/HSW.

1. The Edith Farnsworth House, Visitor Center Gate 1, 14520 River Road, Plano, IL 60545 
2. Homestead 1854, 611 E. Main St., Plano, IL 60545

Tour Itinerary:
9:30 a.m.
Day Begins at the Edith Farnsworth House Visitor Center

Arrive at the Visitor's Center. Enjoy coffee and muffins. There is a film to watch. We will be directed to form groups led by guides who will take you to the home.

Parking is at the Visitor Center.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tour the Home

2 LUs/HSW (Approved ALA and AIA.)
12-12:15 p.m.
Drive to Homestead 1854
12:15-1 p.m.

Attend lunch followed by a presentation. 
1 - 2 p.m. Presentation: "Farnsworth House: A Collaborative Approach to Restoration"

1 LU/HSW (Apprioved by ALA and AIA.)


Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 6/16/2023 5:00 PM

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