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Robie House

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Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Number: 312-994-4000
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Description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of...
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.
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Gorgeous example of FL Wright architecture in Chicago. Although I had studied Wright´s architecture at university I was absolutely surprised about the house, fantastic!.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Gorgeous example of FL Wright architecture in Chicago. Although I had studied Wright´s architecture at university I was absolutely surprised about the house, fantastic!.

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If you are even remotely interested in architecture, you must visit the Robie house when in Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright's final prairie house is an architectural and structural masterpiece, incorporating everything he learned about the pragmatic application of this style with the use of new technology of the time. It's hard to keep in mind that this house was constructed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This was a highlight to end my time in Chicago. Having been to the unity temple and Wright's home and studio, the Robie house was the best tour. I arrived there to be the only person going on a tour so therefore had a private tour of the house. The house is impressive and definitely get the photo pass if... More 

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Whitby, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We travelled to Chicago for a fall mini vacation. Getting to and touring in persons one of F.L. Wrights prime residential design properties was high on our extensive list of things to do while in the city for the first time, and the experience did not disappoint. I myself am an avid FLW fan and follower, but all of my... More 

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Antioch, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Our guide Joan was absolutely fabulous! I bought my husband a Group on for Christmas and we wanted to use it while still on break. I am not well versed in architecture, so was fascinated by all of the knowledge Joan imparted on the tour. I can't wait to go back in the spring/summer when the planters will be lush... More 

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Pittsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This Frank Lloyd Wright House is a fine example of the prairie style home. The outside has been completely renovated and the inside has some work already completed but there is still a lot to be done.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Since this FLW home is not furnished you don't get the same feeling of the integrated design of the architect who liked to design the furniture for the occupant and even the clothing for the lady of the house. Still pleased we visited recently and was glad to hear they will be closing for about a year to make some... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

If you are a serious Frank Lloyd Wright fan, you will be happy at Robie House. It's largely unfurnished, which takes away from the tour. Also, it appears that the guides are unpaid volunteers that are probably not as well versed as they should be on Mr. Wright's background. I posed several questions that were met with the reply, 'Oh... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I live in Oak Park, IL. Been to both Taliesins, Guggenheim, Fallingwater, the Pope-Leighey, Dan-Thomas, etc. The Robie is still being restored and lacks furniture in many of the rooms, which doesn't give you the same context as many of other FLW homes open to the public. Also felt the tour wasn't as detailed as those at the Home and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The tour guide was full of great information about the history of the house and the local area. He pointed to many architectural details of the home and explained why FLW made the choices that he made. Parking is a HUGE challenge. We were there on a Thursday when all the classes are in session at the University. We had... More 

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