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Although Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe's architectural achievements earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, his work on the Farnsworth House garnered less glowing reviews from the woman who commissioned the work, Edith Farnsworth. Citing design flaws, including poor ventilation, swarms of bugs attracted by the illumined interior, and frequent flooding from a nearby stream due to the house's position on a floodplain, Farnsworth sued Mies for misrepresenting the home. When Farnsworth lost the lawsuit and expatriated to Italy, Peter Palumbo acquired the property, initiating a series of artful improvements that three decades later earned the house a place on the National Register of Historic Places.
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