Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House Saved for Posterity

A furious, last-ditch round of fund-raising saved Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House from an uncertain future and perhaps even relocation, as preservationists bought it Friday at auction for 7.5 million dollars, Shamus Toomey reports in the Chicago Sun-Times. The landmark house is located in Plano, Illinois, about sixty miles from Chicago, and had been put up for auction by its owner, art collector Peter Palumbo. The new owners, Friends of the Farnsworth House, plan to immediately place a historic easement on the property, making any changes impossible into perpetuity without the group's consent.