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Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
312-994-4000
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Ranked #50 of 366 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Minneapolis
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332 reviews 332 reviews
103 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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17 helpful votes 17 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
152 helpful votes 152 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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Lena
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Although I didn't have much interest in Frank Lloyd Wright, I found the story of this house fascinating, and the house itself is fantastic! I love so many elements of its design, particular the spacious, openness of it. I'm so thankful my friend wanted to go there, otherwise I never would have gone. It was great!

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Chestnut Hill
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our excellent tour guide told us both the social and architectural history of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous domestic structures. Not to be missed!

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Like most architectural wonders, the photographs never match the experience of actually being there. Just the wonderful surprise of finding the front door (no small feat) and mounting the tiny stairs to enter the grand main floor makes the effort to find this remarkable house worthwhile.

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Vincent, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Several years ago, as a segment in a lengthy discourse on various styles of domestic architecture, I wrote about Prairie Style architecture. In doing so, it should be noted, that the early 20th century American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright practically owns this style having literally invented it, promulgated it, and melded it into his broader theories involving what he termed... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A visit to Chicago would not be complete without learning about the architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright. Start with the Chicago Architectural Foundation tours to learn about Oak Park and the start of the Prairie style of architecture, then travel to Hyde Park and visit this iconic house on the campus of the University of Chicago. Your visit helps to... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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219 attraction reviews
476 helpful votes 476 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

If you buy a photo pass for a few extra bucks then eagerly volunteer to be tail-end Charlie (the tour guide will ask for someone to do this). You will then be at the back of the pack all the way through the house and will be able to get tourist-free pictures of the graceful interior. The tour lasts just... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

great tour - and information on Frank Lloyd Wright . its right next to University of Chicago campus - eat lunch at the Medici and then browse the independent book stores on 57th st.

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