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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  • Our family toured the Robie House while in the Chicago area and had a great experience. This is definitely an activity for adults or older children; my child is a very mature tween and she enjoyed... 
    Our family toured the Robie House while in the Chicago area and had a great experience. This is definitely an activity for adults or older children; my child is a very mature tween and she enjoyed...  more »
  • Fantastic sights within the neighborhood, with more of the FLW-designed houses just around the corner! 
    Fantastic sights within the neighborhood, with more of the FLW-designed houses just around the corner!  more »
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  • This was a dream of mine. Marked off my bucket list. Beautifully crafted and designed. It's easy to see why this house was rated in the ten most significant structures in American by the American architectural Institute. Just don't go on Tuesday because they don't do tours on Tuesday. Definitely worth the visit!!!
  • Great Lloyd Wright jewel in Chicago. All his mastery exploded in this revolurionary house of the early 20 century. All comfort you might expect from a house of that era, including stunning feature we are still after today: garage, living with plenty of light and space, great views and outdoor areas. A must visit if spending few days in Chicago. Our guide Bryan was extremely knowledgeable of the history of the house and the family. His tour was filled with anecdotes of the building and the historical period. Thanks to the university and the trust that looks after its maintenance and preservation. Be prepared to fall in love with the house!

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