Designed and constructed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe between 1945 and 1951, the Farnsworth House was commissioned by Edith Farnsworth, M.D, a prominent Chicago nephrologist. The Farnsworth's pristine property along the Fox River was intended to be a weekend cottage where she could escape from city life. In 1947, a model of the house was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, two years before construction even began on the Farnsworth House.
What Mies van der Rohe actually designed was an architectural masterpiece and an icon of the international style. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.
The signature sugar maple tree featured in the model, which has since died, is said to have inspired van der Rohe in selecting the precise site for the home. In this model, the light Aspen wood of the house contrasts beautifully with the stunning tree sculpture made from American Cherry. The attention to detail continues inside the house model, visible through clear acrylic windows. The fireplace in the center of the home is highly detailed, and doors and cabinets, also in cherry, are nicely modeled.
Each kit comes complete with all required parts and clear, easy to follow instructions. Completed Dimensions: 10"L x 6"W x 4"H. Assembly time is approximately 10 hours. Ages 15 and up.
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