Farnsworth House Survives Flood Unscathed

Posted on: August 28th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

A foot of rain swelled the Fox River, flash-flooding the Farnsworth House’s grounds on Aug. 23. (Barbara Campagna)Last week, floodwaters reached the front steps of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in the second "hundred-year" flood of Illinois' Fox River since 1996.

Storms flooded rivers in northern Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio, causing at least two deaths and damaging hundreds of houses—but not the 1951 Farnsworth House, a National Trust Historic Site in Plano, Ill.

... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Starbucks To Replace 19th-Century N.H. House

Posted on: August 27th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Baboosic Lake, Merrimack, N.H. (NewHampshire.com)The tagline "Let Starbucks be your front porch this summer" has taken on another meeting as the company plans to move into a new building that will replace a 19th-century Victorian with a wraparound porch.

Developer Joe Cleary, who owns the house in Merrimack, N.H., most recently known as Madden's Restaurant, plans to tear it down later this year to make way for a 1,800-square-foot Starbucks. Cleary, who did not return phone calls to Preservation Online, plans to build a replica of the town's train depot to fit into the neighborhood rather than reusing the house.

... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Palm Beach Theater Wins in Court

Posted on: August 23rd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

The owner of the 1957 theater closed its doors in 2004, citing economic reasons. (Palm Beach Theater Guild)The place to be seen in Palm Beach, Fla., hasn't been seen in three years, but a group that wants to reopen the Royal Poinciana Playhouse is making headway.Supporters of the glitzy theater—which include actor Christopher Plummer—won a victory this summer, when a judge ruled that the 1957 building must be maintained and operated as a theater.

Owner Sidney Spiegel, who wants to raze the Royal Poinciana Playhouse to make way for a hotel, has appealed Palm Beach County Judge David Crow's June 10 decision.

... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Brad Pitt Visits Farnsworth House

Posted on: August 22nd, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Mies van der Rohe’s glass-and-steel temple (Jon Miller, Hedrich Blessing)Brad Pitt, the world's most famous architecture fan, visited Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House this week, generating $60,000 for the National Trust Historic Site outside Plano, Ill.

"It's a very hard job, but it does have its perks," says Whitney French, historic site director. "Mr. Pitt was incredibly enjoyable, very interesting, very personable, very charismatic, very interested in architecture. Brad knew all about the house and its history and the saving of the house."

Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) completed the iconic, groundbreaking Farnsworth House in 1951. In 2003, the house's owner put it on the auction block. Fearing a developer would tear it down or build on the 58-acre site, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Landmarks Illinois raised $7.5 million to purchase the house, which is now open to the public.

... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Taft's Cincinnati Cottage for Sale

Posted on: July 30th, 2007 by Margaret Foster 1 Comment

 

The Quarry, built in 1886 (Cincinnati Preservation Association)The Cincinnati honeymoon cottage of William Howard Taft (1857-1930) is for sale, prompting fears that it could be torn down for new houses.

Built in 1886 for Taft's bride, Nellie, the six-bedroom Shingle-style house has been on the market for about a month for $700,000. Although Taft's nearby boyhood home is a National Historic Site overseen by the National Park Service, the Quarry is not listed as a local landmark, and the riverview property is zoned for multi-family housing.

... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.