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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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  • I visited Robie House and did the walking tour of the nearby neighborhood with friends who weren't really into architecture. I loved every moment but they got bored. Robie House is fabulous just to se...  more »
  • this is the last Prairie House created by Wright, and it has many features that are the culmination of his vision. A nice tour of around an hour put the house and its restoration in perspective. absol...  more »
  • This was a little disappointing for Frank Lloyd Wright tour after seeing 12 other of his homes. The tour guide was very informative but the house lacks Wright accessories that help make the house. Thi...  more »
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  • Beautiful to look at from the outside. The inside is largely unfinished and unfurnished. Crowded tour. Tour guide Wilfred did a good job. The people in the store were nice and helpful.
  • Great tour of an amazing piece of Frank Lloyd Wright's work. The tour guide was very knowledgable and informative.
  • Informative tour, well done. 100% of your ticket goes to the trust to maintain and restore the house. Immediately adjacent to the U of C campus so make time for a walk through there as well.
  • Awesome example of FLW's work! Highly recommend!
  • Definitely worth a visit! The house is a masterpiece, and the guided tour allows visitors to truly appreciate the architectural details.

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