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Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House floods again

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Farnsworth House in Plano, on the outskirts of Chicago, is again underwater - for the sixth time in its 57-year life.

According to reports the Modernist icon has been hit harder than in previous floods, with water from the River Fox rising almost 2.5m higher than usual, causing damage to the interior of the steel and glass home.

The 1.5m piloti, that raise the 1951 building above the floodplain, could not stop water ‘bounding’ into the home.

Architectural experts trying to rescue valuable items of furniture from the house off River Road had to use boats to reach the property.

After the last flood in November 2007, the site managers had mooted the idea of constructing levees around the house and even putting the building on hydraulic platforms.

The full extent and costs of the damage is not yet known.

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