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The Resource Broken glass : Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece, Alex Beam

Broken glass : Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece, Alex Beam

Label
Broken glass : Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece
Title
Broken glass
Title remainder
Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece
Statement of responsibility
Alex Beam
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1945, 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, whose discoveries put her in contention for the Nobel Prize, as well as an accomplished violinist, translator, and poet. The two quickly began an intimate relationship, spending weekends together, sharing interests in transcendental philosophy, Catholic mysticism, wine-soaked picnics, and architecture. Their collaboration would produce one of the most important works of architecture of all time, a blindingly original house made up almost entirely of glass and steel. But the minimalist marvel, built in 1951, was plagued by cost over-runs and a sudden chilling of the two friends' mutual affection. Though the building became world-famous, Farnsworth found it impossible to live in the transparent house, and she began a public campaign against him, cheered on by Frank Lloyd Wright. Mies, in turn, sued her for unpaid monies. The ensuing trial covered not just the missing funds and the structural weaknesses of the home, but turned into a trial of modernist art and architecture itself. Interweaving personal drama and cultural history, Alex Beam presents a stylish, enthralling tapestry of a tale, illuminating the fascinating history behind one of the twentieth-century's most beautiful and significant architectural projects"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beam, Alex
Dewey number
  • 720.9773/0904
  • 728.373
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NA7238.P53
LC item number
B43 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Farnsworth House (Plano, Ill.)
  • Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
  • Farnsworth, Edith
  • Architecture and society
  • ARCHITECTURE / General
Target audience
adult
Label
Broken glass : Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece, Alex Beam
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1104860779
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 337 pages
Isbn
9780399592713
Lccn
2019022841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1104860779
Label
Broken glass : Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the fight over a modernist masterpiece, Alex Beam
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1104860779
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 337 pages
Isbn
9780399592713
Lccn
2019022841
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1104860779

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