Flooding Again Threatens Glass House Gem

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Recent rains have caused flooding along the Fox River, which threatens a legendary home designed by an architect responsible for several of downtown Chicago's iconic buildings.

The Farnsworth House is a one-room steel and glass structure completed in 1951 in far southwest suburban Plano, which has been plagued by flooding for years. While the Fox River has receded, more rain is expected this weekend.

The house was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who led the mid-20th Century modernist style.

Scott Mehaffey, executive director of the house, says there's been a long-standing proposal to install a hydraulic lift to raise the house 8 feet to protect the building from flooding.

As much as $7 million would need to be raised to pay for the lift.

As for the current flooding, Mehaffey says steps have been taken to limit damage to the home. For more information about the house, click here.