Broken Glass: Mies Van Der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the

Broken Glass: Mies Van Der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece Audio I had heard an interview with Alex Beam and thought this sounded interesting I found it interesting since I knew nothing about A Architecture, B Dr Edith Farnsworth C Mies Van Der Rohe.I m not sure I d want to live in an all glass house but would be curious to actually see this house in person I didn t read this book straight through, I kept switching between this books and various fiction ones I had heard an interview with Alex Beam and thought this sounded interesting I found it interesting since I knew nothing about A Architecture, B Dr Edith Farnsworth C Mies Van Der Rohe.I m not sure I d want to live in an all glass house but would be curious to actually see this house in person I didn t read this book straight through, I kept switching between this books and various fiction ones Interesting account of an accomplished architect, an accomplished client, and a house that was never really meant to be lived in At least the architect didn t have that in mind though the client intended to make it her summer home It is amazing how many ill chosen elements went into the making of the Farnsworth House. Personal Note Alex Beam is a friend, although I mean every word here.I know little about modern architecture and care less about it than most people Give me Victorian splendor and ornamentation any day That said, this study of the battle of wills between ex Bauhaus master Mies van der Rohe and Chicago doctor Edith Farnsworth is as enjoyable a book as you are likely to find It may be Beam s best work yet At a party one day in the 1940s, Dr Farnsworth said that she d like a small country get Personal Note Alex Beam is a friend, although I mean every word here.I know little about modern architecture and care less about it than most people Give me Victorian splendor and ornamentation any day That said, this study of the battle of wills between ex Bauhaus master Mies van der Rohe and Chicago doctor Edith Farnsworth is as enjoyable a book as you are likely to find It may be Beam s best work yet At a party one day in the 1940s, Dr Farnsworth said that she d like a small country getaway Mies said he would design her one Their collaboration came to be known as The Farnsworth House and it is one of the pillars of Modernist culture Essentially a glass box on stilts, the house is a distillation of the mostly abstract ideas that Mies, Gropius, et alia had dreamed of in Europe an open plan building with few barriers to nature and with form following dysfunction Farnsworth had planned on spending 7 10K on the place Years later and with a 79K price tag, Farnsworth moved in It was costly to heat and cool, there was no air conditioning, and the roof leaked Yet, thousands, if not millions, have flocked to see it Beam knows a great deal about architecture, but he knowsabout the foibles of great egos This is a dark comedy of manners with travertine tiles and earthtone curtains Loved to read about the house I d been to and the history behind the conception, but there were a lot of biographical details about Farnsworth s life that I wasn t really interested in Overall would recommend for fans of modern architecture or just Mies but wouldn t read again. I grew up 2 to 3 miles from the Farnsworth house and was familiar with the stories about the house, owner and its architect It brought back memories because we lived so close to the scene I truly didn t know the specific details about the Mies Farnsworth relationship and found it interesting to read I no longer live in the area, but a few years ago, I toured the house and found it so interesting Thus, this book was a read down memory lane for me. I learned a lot about Mies Van Der Rohe as a person and as an architect He was a complex character and I found the story behind the Farnsworth House and his relationship with Edith Farnsworth who was a very interesting person in her own right quite compelling. A very readable book about the creation of the Farnsworth House in Illinois. Nowhere near as fascinating, or as funny, as Beam s superlative The Feud, which is the story of the dissolution of the friendship between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson the personalities here are neither as large, nor as catty In Broken Glass, the players are architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and his client lover, pioneering doctor Edith Farnsworth Their disagreements are mostly about money and practicality, and the same sparks simply do not fly But it was nevertheless interesting to Nowhere near as fascinating, or as funny, as Beam s superlative The Feud, which is the story of the dissolution of the friendship between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson the personalities here are neither as large, nor as catty In Broken Glass, the players are architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and his client lover, pioneering doctor Edith Farnsworth Their disagreements are mostly about money and practicality, and the same sparks simply do not fly But it was nevertheless interesting to learnabout mid century modernist architecture The true story of the intimate relationship that gave birth to the Farnsworth House, a masterpiece of twentieth century architecture and disintegrated into a bitter feud over love, money, gender, and the very nature of art An amazing story, brilliantly told Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize winning art critic and author of The Art of RivalryIn , Edith Farnsworth asked the German architect Mies van der Rohe, already renowned for his avant garde buildings, to design a weekend home for her outside of Chicago Edith was a woman ahead of her time unmarried, she was a distinguished medical researcher, as well as an accomplished violinist, translator, and poet The two quickly began spending weekends together, talking philosophy, Catholic mysticism, and, of course, architecture over wine soaked picnic lunches Their personal and professional collaboration would produce the Farnsworth House, one of the most important works of architecture of all time, a blindingly original structure made up almost entirely of glass and steelBut the minimalist marvel, built in , was plagued by cost overruns and a sudden chilling of the two friends mutual affection Though the building became world famous, Edith found it impossible to live in, because of its constant leaks, flooding, and complete lack of privacy Alienated and aggrieved, she lent her name to a public campaign against Mies, cheered on by Frank Lloyd Wright Mies, in turn, sued her for unpaid monies The ensuing lengthy trial heard evidence of purported incompetence by an acclaimed architect, and allegations of psychological cruelty and emotional trauma A commercial dispute litigated in a rural Illinois courthouse became a trial of modernist art and architecture itselfInterweaving personal drama and cultural history, Alex Beam presents a stylish, enthralling narrative tapestry, illuminating the fascinating history behind one of the twentieth century s most beautiful and significant architectural projects ❴Reading❵ ➻ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a masterpiece of twentieth century architecture and disintegrated into a bitter feud over love ❴Download❵ ➾ Jazz Age Stories Author F. 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About the Author: Alex Beam

I m still a columnist for the Boston Globe Before that I worked as a business reporter in Los Angeles and Moscow I ve lived in Boston since 1984, and written for the newspaper since 1987 I m working on my next book, about the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith I wish I still resembled that handsome photo, taken about a decade ago UPDATE Finished the Joseph Smith book obviously and have started turning over soil for my next project UPDATE Finished that project, a short, sharp book called The Feud Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship UPDATE The Nabokov Wilson book got lovely reviews, and now I am days away from handing in the ms for my seventh book, my fifth work of nonfiction, the true story of Mies van der Rohe and his girlfriend client tormentor, Dr Edith Farnsworth, for whom he built the Farnsworth House Please Google it famous, beautiful house I follow my Goodreads reviews, and would like to offer a collective Thank You to the men and women, who without exception, as far as I can see have offered literate, unbiased reactions to my writing Thanks


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