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Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
312-994-4000
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Ranked #37 of 373 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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Pleasantville, New York
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278 reviews 278 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The visit to the Robie House was a highlight of my recent visit to Chicago. This is an example of early F L Wright at his best. The docent leading our tour, I believe his name was Murphy, was particularly knowledgeable and was able to connect very well with the group. It is one of the best architectural tours I... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

While it is debatable whether Frank Lloyd Wright homes are "livable", not one can deny they are living works of art. And Robie House is a living testament to his genius. While I have more issues with Wright's ideas regarding indoor space, his external expression, as seen in the Robie House, is a nearly perfect architectural statement. Every line, brick,... More

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Columbus, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The first phase of the restoration is done, but there is more to be done (such as paint colors, lighting fixtures, and furnishings). This is the last of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style homes to be built, and is somewhat of a "Greatest Hits" collection of his design ideas in this phase of his career. The integration of the building... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Book in advance to ensure you get a place on a tour. Check out the university campus at the same time.

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Herts
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

In a city of great architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright sites are still well worth seeking out. This is a short walk from a METRA station and the journey from Millenium is quick. Tour guides bring the building to life and share their obvious passion for his work. An excellent excursion a short distance away from the city centre.

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Another wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright creation. Extremely knowledgeable docent who was able to give great details about so many aspects that really gave a deeper feel for this home, its origins and history.

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Portland, Oregon
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

While many of the Wright buildings are in Oak park this one is located at the University so you need to plan a separate trip. It is well worth it, although it is not fully restored. It is one of his larger houses and he had a significant budget available - so the place is really impressive. If you plan... More

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We are Frank Lloyd Wright fans, and were spending a week in Chicago. We booked the Private Spaces tour - offered Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 am, arranged through their web site. This was an intimate tour (limited to ten, but only 8 people were on our tour. The tour is 90 minutes, and covers all the spaces some not... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you are a fan of American architecture then you must visit the Robie House. This masterpiece is stunning to see inside and outside. Still undergoing some renovation it is a real eye opener. Near the University of Chicago it is worthwhile to explore the area after your visit.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I literally stumbled over this gem while in town moving my kiddo into the U of Chicago. I am by no means a FLWophile, in fact this was my first visit to one of his masterpieces, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and full of fun facts. As others have noted, there isn't a lot of... More

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