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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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  • The interior was only partly restored, but you get the sense of a FLW design. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pointed out interesting details of the house. Loved it.  more »
  • The building is currently under renovation and not fit for viewing. Projected finish for the restoration seems a bit optimistic at 18 months.  more »
  • I was looking forward to our Robie House tour, as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic works. The exterior has been carefully stabilized and preserved, but the interior was a bit disappointing. The...  more »
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  • Beautiful home! The tour provided a great look into the property's history as well as Frank Lloyd Wright's work. Home is in the process of renovation. The guide on our tour of the Rookery suggested viewing the Robie House while the University was on break; a tip we really appreciated.
  • Amazing home and well preserved. The tour is well worth it so you can see how the house looked when it was built. The tour guides are friendly and informative. There were a few children on the tour but young kids may find it boring. Overall well worth the visit.
  • Amazing staff and wonderful volunteers. The tour is extremely interesting and informative, you get to see the house at your own pace with the guide and the gift shop has some wonderful items. They are currently going through a renovation but don't let that keep you from going - it's totally worth it.
  • Our tour guide was lovely. We really enjoyed seeing this beatiful home. It was under restoration while we were there. We found the Dana House in Springfield was a much larger home. Both good examples of Wright's work.
  • One of Wright's early masterpieces is a must see. The functional layout of contemporary residences owe much to Wright's genius. It is definitely a thing to do when visiting Chicago. The guides are knowledgeable and insightful; tours are an hour to an hour and a half depending on the package. Tour fees help with the restoration of the building.
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