Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago
The Robie House was built by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Robie family in 1910 (it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2010). The family was only able to live there for a little over a year before being forced to move out for financial reasons and because their marriage was failing. The building transferred ownership a few times before being handed over to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation.
The concept of the house was to utilize horizontal lines. The doors were hidden for this reason, because they are vertical structures that interfere with the clean horizontal lines. Making the building horizontal kept it close to the ground, which was an important part of the Prairie Style. The Robie House is famous as one of the best examples of Prairie Style Architecture in the world!
Inside the house, most of the furnishings are replicas. The originals were either removed by previous owners or are located in museums however, the tour remains worthwhile and the interior design is truly impressive! It is considered to be one of Wright's three greatest homes (the others being Fallingwater near Pittsburgh and the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, which no longer exists). Along with other Wright buildings, it has been submitted on the tentative list to become a World Heritage Site.
You must take a tour in order to enter the house. Tours cost $12. You can enter a tour upon arrival if there are openings, but it is best to make a reservation beforehand.
OK, I don't know much about architecture, but am fascinated by old buildings, so on my short visit to Chicago, my friend and I took the Chigago Architecture Foundation's bus tour. Considered one of the most important examples of American architecture, one of the stops was to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. According to the brochure:
"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."
I liked the cantilevered look of the deck ceilings, and the inside living room which was long and narrow, with a 2-sided fireplace in the middle (that was really cool!). Since the house is now a museum of sorts, it was lovely to be able to walk around inside the famous home.
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If you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright you will this house . It is one of most famous works. Located on the University of Chicago campus in a residential neighbor. Nice work very informative. The tour lasted about 45min to an hour and the admission was $9.00
If you love architecture or are looking for something different to do, spending a few hours in Oak Park is a great option. There are tons of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings including his workshop, homes, and the Unity Temple. Hemingway's birthplace is also here.
The town itself is picture perfect like a movie set or a Norman Rockwell Painting.
This is a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, considered one of his best, and found on the south side of Chicago. It's under reconstruction until 2010, the 100th anniversary of the house.
You can tu=our the building, first seeing it from across the street, and teh outside. Then you go in and see the inside. You hear how he took liberties with the building codes of the day, building it roight out to the sidewalk when you weren't supposed to, and some other things he did and justified oddly--but got away with it.
Frank Lloyd Wright is widely recognized as one of America's greatest and most influential architects and Chicago is where he got his start and made a name for himself. The city thus is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and numerous buildings which he designed or remodeled and which one may visit.
These include the Rookery, originally designed by other famous Chicago architects Burnham and Root, but with a lobby interior later partly redesigned by Wright and showing elements of both. This is the centre of the foundation with a gift shop and tours.
Also open to visits are the Robie House down in the Hyde Park area and, in Oak Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Unitarian Universalist Unity Temple. Another place is the Emil Bach House in Chicago.
Opened in 1888, this is one of Chicago's landmark buildings. It was designed by local architects Burnham and Root who helped create Chicago's distinctive look and character and layout, as well as its influential architecture that subsequently influenced American and then world architecture. The building interior lobby was partly redesigned in its details, though not the basic structural character, not much later by Frank Lloyd Wright and the building is now an important place to visit the work of both Burnham and Root as well as Wright. It houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and a store, plus the trust offers guided tours of the central part of the building, including upstairs where visitors are not allowed to go unless doing business there. See also my tip on Frank Lloyd Wright.
The inside and particularly the outside are recognisable also from being prominently featured in the 1987 film The Untouchables (see my tip on that), where it stood in for the police department.
We took the train to Oak Park & enjoyed visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's home & studio. Audrey was knowledgeable and the hour tour was informative. The gift shop was brimming with wonderful souvenirs. We particularly enjoyed walking back to the train and admiring at least of dozen of Wright's creations in this beautiful neighborhood.
I have already discussed this in my tip on Frank Lloyd Wright in general but the Robie House deserves its own tip and pictures. Completed in 1910, this is a prime example of Wright's Prairie style and is open to visitors, who must take a tour. Unfortunately, one may not take photos inside the house.
It's set on the edge of the University of Chicago in the lovely Hyde Park area of Chicago.