Engineers may design a pit and a hydraulic platform to be put in place, helping to alleviate flooding concerns for Plano's "Farnsworth House" which sits along the banks of the Fox River.
A New York Times series on historic buildings confronted by high waters was printed this week, which included an article on the Farnsworth House.
According to the report, Boston engineering firm Silman was commissioned to design the solution which is currently in the process of being done.
The Times reports that Ben Rosenberg, principal in charge of the project, says a pit would be installed underneath the house. The house would be placed on a platform that can be hydraulically lifted up and down.
Past ideas were to create a balloon device under the house, to act as a barrier. At one time, the house was in talks to be moved.
Rosenberg says that the house will have to be moved off site while the pit and hydraulic apparatus is built, but once it is back in place, no one knows the difference.
The Times says the device would be placed underground, hidden from view, except when it operates to lift the house above water.
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1945, the glass box residence was made for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat along the Fox River.
It continued to be a private residence for over 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.
The National Trust will be required to give approval for the work to be done but Rosenberg says a buy-in is already in place for the concept.