Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, Chicago

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The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue. Built between 1909 and 1910, the building was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style, the first architectural style considered uniquely American. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 27, 1963 and was on the very first National Register of Historic Places list of October 15, 1966.
Wright designed the Robie House in his studio in Oak Park, Illinois between 1908 and 1909. The design precedent for the Robie House was the Ferdinand F. Tomek House in Riverside, Illinois, designed by Wright in 1907-08. At the time that he commissioned Wright to design his home, Robie was only 28 years old and the assistant manager of the Excelsior Supply Company, a company on the South Side of Chicago owned and managed by his father. Although later drawings of the Robie House show a date of 1906, Wright could not have started the design for the building earlier than the spring of 1908 because Robie had actually purchased the property only in May of that year. He and his wife, Lora Hieronymus Robie, a 1900 graduate of the University of Chicago, had selected the property at 5757 South Woodlawn Avenue in order to remain close to the campus and the social life of the University. The property was a typical urban lot in Hyde Park, measuring 60ft by 180ft.
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  • If you are into design and architecture, then a visit to the Robie House is a must. You get taken on a guided tour, starting in the courtyard by the original garages which is the shop now. From there ...  more »
  • The Hobie House restoration was recently completed. The building is a masterpiece - now in superb condition! It is a privilege to walk through three stories of this important Prairie Style home. Our i...  more »
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  • Amazing home, and the docent Peter was very knowledgeable and friendly. He stayed after the tour to answer all questions. Incredible, incredible home!!! The restoration was amazing
  • We toured the house on April 2019, and it had just been reopened after a restoration. We chose the "A Modern House" tour, which is the basic one and it was very comprehensive. Frank, out guide was very knowledgeable not only of the history of the house and of FLW architecture, but he provided a lot of social context which helped understanding some of the choices that were made. It is a less "intimate" experience compared to the tour of his own house and studio in oak Park, but it is a lot more focused on FLW vision of how architecture should be. Backpack, drink and food not allowed. Parking may be hard as the house is in the middle of University of Chicago, so plan accordingly ( there are some closed and opened parking options around). We parked in the North Parking Lot and it is a nice 10 minutes walking from there. Obviously recommended!

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