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Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
312-994-4000
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Ranked #62 of 361 attractions in Chicago
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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Skokie
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The tour was very informative and a nice length, although you don't get to see the "private" spaces unless on a specific Saturday tour which is very limited in space. However, the house is amazing and mostly restored. WARNING: Parking is a huge issue as it is right in the middle of the University of Chicago campus. We had to... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Nearly completely restored to its original glory, this structure is worthy of a visit to explore the prairie style in its fullest form. Tours are begun on the hour on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. The tour is an hour plus which does not include the upstairs bedrooms which can be seen on special weekend tours of smaller group size. Now... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
18 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Frank Lloyd Wright was a genius who was designing homes almost a century ahead of their time. The Robie house is one of the most awesome examples of Wright architecture. One issue was they are renovating it. Apparently, the university just recently purchased the home, so they are working on bringing it back to its former glory. I was still... More

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Porto Alegre
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

One of the most well conserved piece from Frank Lloyd Wright, simple tours occurs Thursday-Monday, from 11AM to 3PM (even if is snowing!). The down side is that you are not allowed to take pictures inside the house.

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thunder bay ontario
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Very impressed with this tour - (the Wright 3) for anyone interested in engaging kids. The young tour guides did an impressive job and seemed quite passionate about the architecture and the house which was wonderful. A very impressive house that we will think about long after having left.

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Melbourne, Australia
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24 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 via mobile

We did this tour on a very cold, yet fine day. This really is a must see Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, in fact the external restoration is so good that you would swear the house is new and not dating from 1910. They spent $5m on the renovations. Most of this I suspect was on making it good for use... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was looking forward to visit this house. This house marks the beginning of modernism in American architecture, and I believe that it was pretty famous in 1910 when it was finished. Now is just a museum, a museum of pictures as the inside is empty. The few pieces of furniture were not original. I do admire their effort of... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
17 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The Robie house is under constant renovation but the tour guide was very knowledgeable and the interior is really gorgeous. You get a real appreciation for the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Too bad they don't let you take pictures of the interior.

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Libertyville, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

For $15, it was a rather limited tour, but the docent was knowledegeable and enthusiastic, and the cost of the ticket helps subsidize the restoration. I love looking at FLW domestic architecture, but I can never envision myself feeling cozy, comfortable or at home in his buildings or furniture. That said, it's great that he had an American vision of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Head to Hyde Park to see Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House during your visit to Chicago. The docents here truly know the history of the house and Frank Lloyd Wright. Not only will you get to experience a Wright gem in the live, but you'll learn a lot during your tour. And while you cannot get into every room due... More

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