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Robie House

Address: 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
Phone Number: 312-994-4000
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Ranked #34 of 307 Attractions in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Thu - Mon 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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.
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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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Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Here's a chance to go INSIDE a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is being restored to original and is truly a gem. Plus, its location in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago is a wonderful area to explore. If you're in the area, I'd say the Robie House is a "don't miss." Watch for coupons on Living... More 

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Pleasantville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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

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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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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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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