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Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
312-994-4000
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Ranked #45 of 367 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. It was... more » Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. It was created by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, a forward-thinking businessman. Designed in Wright's Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism in architecture. Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance.Public tours are available Thursday – Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Social events and family programs are hosted on weekends throughout the year. Robie House is also available for facility rentals and special events. Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust website to learn more. « less
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Los Angeles, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

One of Wright's greatest homes, almost fully restored. Tour is somewhat basic, but pleasant. Nice gift shop and friendly staff. Be sure to take a quick walk around the University of Chicago, its a beautiful campus. Highly recommended for architects.

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new mexico
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178 reviews 178 reviews
83 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are a fan of FLW and you are in Chicago, you must see this house. It's on the University of Chicago campus and a bit challenging to get to on public transit but don't let that deter you. It's worth it! So many of Wright's ideas about the way a house should reveal itself, the joy of living... More

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Orefield, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

They were going to tear it down. The Seminary that bought it found it was impractical, large and the roof leaked. It's only by good fortune that we are left with one of the Frank Lloyd Wright's master works. The leaded windows anticipated Art Deco by decades. The living room was open concept and filled with light. The views out... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the most functional Wright house's I have visited. The rooms were large and open with plenty of light. Beautiful stained glass windows. Tours take place every hour. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. One of the best gift shops for "Arts and Craft" designed items--items also available on line. If you visit via public transportation, take the bus and... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

If you are a fan of FLW, you have probably already been here. If not, go at once. But even if you are not, you also must run to see this game-changing piece of architecture. More than 100 years old, the effects of this building are felt every time you hear a house shopper talk about the desire for an... More

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Alexandria, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My daughter read the book and wanted to see the house and the glass designs. The docent did a great job connecting the kids with the book's setting and events. And, she included all of the history and design elements that the parents wanted to hear, too. We did not see the entire house, however. We spent time on the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If you are a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, or an American architecture buff, you must not miss this house in Chicago. Restoration has brought the house to a stable point. Furniture still needs to be acquired. But the glory of the place is not only Frank's rebellious design but how his design takes advantage of the natural environment, enhancing the... More

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Minneapolis
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366 reviews 366 reviews
121 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The photo I have from my FWL book must have been taken with a very wide angle lens as I thought this house would be set back on a large lot and look like an estate. Far from it as it is on a corner lot with many University of Chicago buildings across the street and behind it. Unique building... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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33 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have always wanted to see this house and the tour did not disappoint. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who happened to be an architect! The house was enchanting and the guide explained various aspects of the house well. The gift shop was also very nice .

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Arlington, Virginia
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111 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

I went to visit this house the day after I saw the Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio in Oak Park, so I had a good basis of comparison. While the Robie House is known as the masterpiece of Prairie Style architecture, it was a bit disappointing. The house was only used as a single-family residence for a short period... More

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