An Untold Story: Farnsworth to Palumbo, 1968–1972

March 31–May 17

During the late 1960s, Dr. Farnsworth lost her legal battle to halt Kendall County’s construction of a new levee across her land connecting to a new Fox River bridge. In frustration, she stopped maintaining the property and listed it for sale. In 1968, the British Lord, developer and arts promoter Peter Palumbo, began a two-year purchase of the property, followed by a two-year intensive restoration. Drawings, specifications, photographs and materials combine in the Barnsworth Gallery to tell the story of the home’s original construction under Mies van der Rohe – and Baron Palumbo’s extensive restoration under Mies’s grandson, Dirk Lohan, assisted by project architect Paul Young.

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