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“Get prepared to get frustrated with parking problems”
Review of Robie House

Robie House
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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 Trust website to learn more.
Reviewed April 30, 2014

University of Chicago is always building something or fixing the streets, and when my husband and I decided to visit it was a nightmare. Parking is bad, so look into bus and cab service. Our traffic was so bad, we missed our tour window and had to be assimilated into the next.
I've been to Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, Florida Southern University, and Taliesen West, outside of Unity Temple and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Workshop, so we are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Robie House was absolutely wonderful! What a great experience it was. After a great tour, (the tour guides are very knowledgable) there is a small gift shop waiting to tempt you with goodies.
This is architecture meets sociology. In the context of the time, the social and architectural models for high class homes were European, principally Victorian. Rooms were small and specialized, and visually rich, and with multiple stories. Frank Lloyd Wright set out to make American architecture out of a rolling expanse of the great plains with a nod to Japanese aesthetics. The large rooms flow into each other, horizontal lines were emphasized. Built in furniture gave a non cluttered look. Windows are unique Wright designed stained glass, and his furniture was specifically made to harmonize. He even designed clothing and dishes!
This is the last of the "Prarie Style" homes he built.

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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 drive, but if you can avoid driving, public transport is strongly suggested. Otherwise, be prepared to walk a fair distance in an effort to find parking.

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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 somewhat buried among the buildings of the University of Chicago, Robie House must have been a superb sight when it was built on the prairie in the first decade of the 20th century. Getting a parking place is your greatest challenge as the spaces along the street nearby are Pay to Park and limited to two hours which may not be sufficient. Further away, free parking on the street is pretty much occupied by university parking. A parking facility near the hospital some five blocks away is $13 for three hours, $18 for the next segment of time so you can make a day of your trip. The Oriental Museum is just a block from the Robie House, an African American museum is nearby and the Museum of Science and Industry is a brisk walk to the lake side. There are coffee shops and restaurants in the buildings which flank the Robie House. Advance ticketing is recommended if you want to be assured of a tour.

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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 impressed. To see the stained glass alone was worth the trip. I don't know if the average traveler will enjoy this attraction, but if you are interested in historic homes/buildings and/or architecture, you'll love this place. Wright was a genius, and this is yet another piece of evidence to support that.

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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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