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Frederick C Robie House, Chicago

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue on the South Side. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style, the first architectural style that was 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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  • We were really looking forward to seeing the Robie House since it was built after the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo (which is the best expression of Wright's Prairie Home style that we've seen so far...  read more »
  • Words cannot describe the beautiful attention detail to this home. Amazingly, it was built over an 100 years ago. The tour was great and of Univ of Chicago is doing a great job of keeping it in restor...  read more »
  • Toured with the FLW Trust, it was well planned, knowledgable docents in attendance and lovely companions (you have to be lucky on the day!). An excellent lunch included on the tour I attended, some wa...  read more »
  • Obviously an iconic and worth visiting. But for those who have to choose between this house and the FLW home and studio, I think the latter is easily the better choice: things are much better preserved and the host is filled with furniture.
  • If you like Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture then you will love the tour of this place. The guides were very knowledgeable and spoke other languages if necessary. The restoration process is still ongoing but a lot of it is done. The gift shop had good FLW trinkets and books.
  • Lifelong dream come true! It was fantastic to tour this historic and game changing building. We did the private places tour, it was more money and first thing in the morning, but so worth it. We had the house to ourselves, well worth it. If you're on the fence just do it, you only live once!
  • Perhaps the perfect example of Prairie Architecture. The Trust has more work to complete restoration, but it's a great tour. Located across the street from the Univ. of Chicago campus.
  • The finest example of the Prairie architectural style in Chicago. I highly recommend taking the tour. It's lead by volunteers and it gives you a peek into the house, its beautiful rooms and windows and the story of its inhabitants. However, after paying 17 dollars for the visit I think charging 5 extra dollars for a photography permit inside the house is a bit too much.
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