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Robie House

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Address: 5757 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637-1698
Phone Number: +1 312-994-4000
10:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Thu - Mon 10:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of...

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 Trust website to learn more.

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A must see for Wright fans

I have lived in Oak Park, Il. for many years and have see many of Wright's houses. This house in Chicago's Hyde Park area, near the University of Chicago is one of the best. A... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have lived in Oak Park, Il. for many years and have see many of Wright's houses. This house in Chicago's Hyde Park area, near the University of Chicago is one of the best. A must see for Wright fan.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tour is very detailed and does a thorough job of explaining FLW's style and goals and how they are expressed in the design of the house. Definitely worth the trip if you're at all interested in architecture. Easy trip from the loop by bus.

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Zelienople, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to seeing the Robie House since it was built after the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo (which is the best expression of Wright's Prairie Home style that we've seen so far) and many publications boasted that it was the apex of Wright's Prairie Home output. It can't be. This house is tiny, the materials are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words cannot describe the beautiful attention detail to this home. Amazingly, it was built over an 100 years ago. The tour was great and of Univ of Chicago is doing a great job of keeping it in restored.

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Riddells Creek, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Toured with the FLW Trust, it was well planned, knowledgable docents in attendance and lovely companions (you have to be lucky on the day!). An excellent lunch included on the tour I attended, some walking involved. A little hurried, but I could have stayed all day!

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, the Robbie House is a great example of his prairie style work. Built about 1910, and designated a National Historic Landmark, it is located in Hyde Park, on the edge of the University of Chicago Campus, and basically across the street from the Rockefeller Chapel. It gives yet another insight into the brilliant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, we were thrilled to see the same organic goals achieved in the city with the Robie House. Our docent enlightened us to all the architectural details and dramas. It was also a perfect way to see the University of Chicago campus as well as the Hyde Park neighborhood. It's a dream to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the few Wright masterpieces on our bucket list. Well worth planning ahead to get advance tickets. Great chance to visit the U of C at the same time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of fully realized master pieces of FLW, but you can see how he often sacrificed function for his own imposing aesthetic preferences often at a fairly high cost.It is under reconstruction and is only partially furnished. You have to participate in a guided tour to view the place. The brickwork is amazing ...how they tried to conceal... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very excited to see and tour this FLW home in Chicago. The tour itself was as expected with a thorough walk around and through this beautiful home and included all pertinent information. The guide seemed a little overwhelmed at the size of our group (which was assembled by their own staff) I am all for rules and regulations... More 

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