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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 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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  • A must-see if you are in Chicago - one of Frank Lloyd Wright's city masterpieces. Check hours before you go; and you can also visit the beautiful U Chicago campus nearby.  more »
  • If you have time to visit only one FLW house, GO to Oak Park instead. The architecture, the story and the ambiance of the neighborhood is phenomenal. Robie House is a good place to visit on your secon...  more »
  • This work of Frank York Wright is located on the campus of the University of Chicago and is quite well preserved, although it lacks furniture and appliqued. By the others on the tour give a comprehensive overview of the history of the House and of its author. The way quick reach is in über since metro is something far away and then you need to take a bus...
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  • I went on a Chicago Architecture Foundation tour. The Robie House docent was great! I learned so much about this beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright house, which was way ahead of its time. FLW wasn't the easiest person to work with and it was a demanding place to live in. There were many architectural elements that appealed to me. I wish I could have taken pictures inside, but that wasn't allowed. I will remember the beauty of this house by the exterior photos I was able to take. I recommend touring Robie House for anyone who has an interest in Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie Style.
  • The importance of FLW's influence on architect cannot be over emphasized. All modern architecture draws from his genius. Robie house is an icon of modern American architecture. Fabulous experience but very little to none of original furniture in the house
  • 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!