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Farnsworth House exterior view1

Farnsworth House exterior image
Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House image 2, exterior view
Dana-Thomas House




Join gallery director Lisa Costello and Laura O’Donnell, Parkland art history instructor, on a tour of the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, designed by Mies van der Rohe, whose name is synonymous with the international style of architecture. Dr. Edith Farnsworth commissioned this structure, designed in 1945 and built in 1951, as a country retreat along the Fox River. One of the purest expressions of the modernist aesthetic, with its floating volume and sleek, streamlined design, the steel and glass Farnsworth House serves as the culmination of an intellectual ideal.

After visiting the Farnsworth House, we will dine in the historic Bull Moose Bar and Grill in nearby Sandwich, made from the Pullman car that Teddy roosevelt used from 1900 to 1913 in his many trips across the United States. Built by the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1893, it contains its original leaded-glass windows and mahogany woodwork.
Please inform us of any accessibility issues when registering.

Friday, September 18 7:30am - 5:15pm $85 (lunch additional).
Bus departs from BTCE, Registration deadline: September 4



Join gallery director, Lisa Costello and Parkland art history instructor Laura O'Donnell for an exciting trip to Springfield to visit the Dana-Thomas House. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a wealthy heiress and forward-thinking socialite who gave the architect an unlimited budget to experiement with his ideas, the house is a brilliant showcase of crftsmanship in glass doors, windows, light fixtures, terra cotta sculpture, and an exquisite mural. Containing the largest collection of site-specific original Wright art glass and furniture, the Dana-Thomas House has been noted as the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright's early prairie-style houses and exemplifies many of the innovations that Wright was developing in his quest to redefine the style of the American family home.

After our tour, we'll stop at the Lawrence Education Center, designed for use by children by Wright and commissioned by Susan Lawrence Dana only a year after the Dana Thomas House was built.

Friday, October 23 7:45am - 3:45pm $75 (lunch additional). Bus departs from BTCE, Registration deadline: October 9


These trips are a collaborative effort between Community Education and Parkland’s Giertz Gallery to assist with art exhibits and programming.

Please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to purchase a ticket. Seating is limited.

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