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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  • You have to book a tour to this UNESCO heritage site, but the guides are knowledgable, and friendly. It takes an hour to tour the newly restored house and its a wonder. Good gift shop too with very.....  more »
  • As a lover of architecture, or just cool houses, this tour is NOT to be missed. I have been to two of Wright's houses. Here and in Arizona and neither tour disappointed. You will be happy that we.....  more »
  • Robie House is one of the signature houses built by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Guided tours of the interior and extorior for USD 20 pp - guides are excellent and...  more »
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  • Amazing tour of an iconic building. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and went at a good pace. I would have loved to be able to see the kitchen and service quarters to see how the design of that compared to the public portions of the house. Well worth the time and nominal fee.
  • This beautiful museum was once a private residence and now is part of the University of Chicago campus. It is well worth a visit to tour and learn its history. The Hyde Park area that grew up around it in the early 1900's is such a lovely neighborhood to explore as well from 59th to 53rd Streets.
  • Amazing house! Beautiful details! The master bathroom shower is so unique. There is no overhead shower. The water comes out from the pipes that goes all the way around to the side. The lighting details are so unique! Nice architectural design.
  • The tour of Robie House was informative and wonderfully inspiring. Interestingly, seeing the Robie House brought us full circle to FLW's final design from seeing his first design - his home & studio. Debbie was a fun, informative, and enthusiastic interpreter/guide!
  • 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 but the American architectural Institute. Just don't go on Tuesday because they don't do tours on Tuesday. Definitely worth the visit!!!

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