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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.HistoryWright 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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  • This Frank Lloyd Wright house is very nice and well worth a visit, even though there are parts that one can only look at because the house is currently under renovation. Our guide was pretty scattered...  more »
  • Unfortunately the interior of the house was being renovated. But the exterior is stunning. A building that I have wanted to see for many years. Amazed at the setting, although a corner plot the other ...  more »
  • This is an amazing house, and an prime example of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. I would rate this higher except for two things: 1. Because of th...  more »
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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. Cool place
  • While I am glad they are restoring it, the modified tour was a bit disappointing. The only furniture were a handful of chairs. The children’s room, dining room, and guest bedroom were inaccessible. Several windows were removed for restoration. We still paid full price for the tickets. The tour guides seemed very weary and uptight, and they projected a thinly-veiled disdain for tourists. “Just, you know, don’t touch anything.” My friend and I were waiting in the courtyard outside the gift shop (where I had just spent $30 on souvenirs) before our tour started, and we were scolded and told to shush for laughing briefly during our conversation. It was the end of a busy Sunday, but no need to shame paying customers for having a joyful conversation in a public outdoor space. I would recommend getting tickets in advance, as we had to wait 30 minutes for the next available tour. And don’t you dare forget your ticket or join the wrong tour group. Two others were chastised for these transgressions. Also, they provide a plastic outdoor locker for your valuables, should you wish to not carry them around (or if you have a backpack), but I saw no fewer than 4 different staff members open and close the locker for no reason, while no tourists were present. So, I wouldn’t necessarily say the belongings were 100% “safe.” If I were to visit again, I would wait for the restoration to be finished and would pray that the tour guides are in a better mood.
  • Every Architect should visit as many Wright buildings as possible. The Robie is a classic. It is currently under a heavy restoration, so some parts of the house are not possible to visit. But it is also a great opportunity to see its guts in open air. Totally worth the visit.
  • If there's one reason to visit Robie House, this edifice is a prime example of the prairie school of design, developed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a characteristically Midwestern architectural school of design. Though I visited this place on a class trip back in college... that was over a decade ago! Even so, the experience was that memorable.
  • Great tour. Knowledgable guides. Some rooms are under renovation, but still a lot to see

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