Frank Lloyd Wright is one of Chicago’s most famous sons, having paved the way not only for great architecture, but great American architecture. His buildings are internationally renowned, and his is a premier name in the field. Chicago, Wright’s hometown, is full of examples of his structures and designs, and among the most noteworthy is The Robie House. Pay a visit to one of the most important buildings in architecture when you visit Chicago, and see the first example of a home built in the first style that was truly unique to America—the prairie Style.
The Robie House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, and it is the quintessential model of a Prairie Style home, as well as a forerunner of modernism in architecture.
Visitors can expect to experience a firsthand look at this contemporary space and design, and to learn about the current restoration works that are returning the home to its original appearance.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed The Robie House in 1908 and the structure was completed in 1910. The building has since attained National Landmark Status, and is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Wright was commissioned to build the house by Mr. Frederick C. Robie, a then 28-year-old businessman and assistant manager at the Excelsior Supply Company, which was then owned by his father. Robie was forced to sell the house after a short-lived tenancy of only fourteen months, and it was then bought by an executive in the field of advertising. It was subsequently owned and occupied by the Chicago Theological Seminary.
The prairie Style is categorized by a tenet that deems the exterior of the home can and should be characterized by the environment in which it is located, meaning that a prairie Style home would be well-suited for prairie environs, being low, fairly flat, and relying heavily on horizontal lines. In accordance with Wright’s beliefs, he also completely designed and furnished the inside of the house, proposing that interior and exterior design go hand-in-hand in furnishing the character of a building.
The Robie House is currently maintained and preserved by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, and can be toured along with other significant buildings such as Wright’s home and studio. Be sure to visit this great example of modern American architecture on your next trip to the architectural hub of the USA!
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This is a great work of art! I love FLW! I think he was so brilliant, and led such an interesting life. Robie House is one of my favorites. It feels so modern, even though it's so old.
Tickets are subject to availability. Arrive before noon for the best chance of accommodation. Please call or consult the website flwright.org or call 312-994-4000 for detailed tour information. Advance reservations are not available with the Go Chicago Card.
Tip: Tours often sell out early on holidays and weekends, especially April-October. Wheelchair access is limited to the lower level. Groups of 10 or more must purchase a private group tour from the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust at (312) 994-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Go Chicago Card may not be used for groups of ten or more.
Metra: Take the University Park Line. Exit train at 55th-56th-57th Street stop. Walk 5 blocks west on 57th Street to Woodlawn Avenue. Turn left (south) and walk one block to the Robie House.
CTA: Take the #6 Jackson Park Express bus from the northwest corner of State and Lake Streets or any of the following intersections on State Street: Washington, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Wabash, Congress, or Harrison. Exit the bus at Stony Island Avenue and 57th Street. Walk six blocks west on 57th Street to Woodlawn Avenue. Turn south (left) on Woodlawn and walk one block to the Robie House.
Advance reservations are not available with your Pass.
Please present your Pass at the Robie House Museum Shop at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago and you will be placed on the next available tour.
Tickets are subject to availability and there may be a wait. Arrive before noon for the best chance of accommodation.
Save even more with these pre-built discount packages that include Robie House bundled with other great Chicago attractions.