Mies van der Rohe McCormick House Restoration Fund Donation
Make a difference today with your gift to the Elmhurst Art Museum.
Thanks to truly transformative gifts, the McCormick House's full exterior is now on view for the first time in nearly 25 years. The restoration revitalized the rare single-family home and prefab prototype by the famed architect Mies van der Rohe, which was built in Elmhurst in 1952. The home is a rare and important example of his mature style, incorporating elements of his celebrated designs for the Farnsworth House (1951) and 860-880 Lake Shore Drive (1951). The building needs further restoration to gain the visibility and recognition that it deserves.
The McCormick House was saved by the Elmhurst Art Museum in 1991. It was later moved a short distance to its current location for its incorporation into a larger contemporary arts complex. This unique opportunity influenced the museum’s new building and tied the organization’s mission to include the celebration of Mies’s legacy through exhibitions and various programming.
With these uses in mind, the Museum carried forward Mies’ concept of flexible space to create more open exhibition spaces. Future phases are planned to restore the interior floor plan, flooring, and other interior finishes.
Consider a tax-deductible gift today to help honor the architect's original designs by repairing interior elements and converting the walls to their original layout.