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Robie House

5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 (Hyde Park)
312-994-4000
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Ranked #53 of 367 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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Wisconsin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited with my cousin, who had worked in the building many years ago, when it was just offices, an icon even then, but not restored. She was excited to see the changes, but restorations are still ongoing. To see the amount of work that is going into every detail is so interesting--like the linseed oil paint, the soft shades... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The tour is a good history on the house and it's owner. The exterior is restored. But, the interior still needs lots of work. Having been to the fully restored Meyer-May house in Grand Rapids, I couldn't help thinking I know how good this will look someday. We walked from the Metra station. That' s the best way to get... More

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Hamilton, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A good guided tour of an interesting house, focusing on the architecture and special aspects of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style. The art glass windows are particularly stunning. The normal tour only covers the public areas of the house; the upstairs bedrooms may be covered during a different tour that's only given on certain dates.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The tour of this house was nice, but it needs a good amount of repairs and renovation. I have toured Falling Water and Taliesin West, and those were both spectacular, perhaps setting the bar too high. This is still worth seeing, especially since visitor money helps pay for the needed upkeep.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I've always been an admirer of Frank Lloyd Wright who was an absolute genius and this house is the finest example of his Prairie Style homes. Not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We did not really have a tour of the house. Instead, our group of 20, plus tour director, who had travelled from Australia, were treated to wine and antipasti in the living area of the house. We were free to wander at will, looking at the decorative features of the house. I believe we got a real feel for the... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We visited Robie House on a spectacularly beautiful day. The tour started with a 10-minute video, then the docent began her tour for about another 50 minutes or so. The house is incredibly thought out in every detail and is visually beautiful. The docent was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The only real negative to the experience was the ticketing. I called... More

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