Frederick C. Robie HousePrint
5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. | Neighborhood: Hyde Park
A masterpiece of the Prairie style and a precursor of modernist architecture, the American Institute of Architects designated the Frederick C. Robie House as one of the 10 most significant structures of the twentieth century. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it was one of the last buildings to be designed in his Oak Park Studio. Wright used all the technological advancements of the time for his client Frederick Robie, a businessman. With its bold horizontal lines, daring cantilevers, stretches of art-glass windows and open floor plan, the building’s influence on architectural modernism is undisputed.
In 1957, the house was threatened with demolition and the 90-year-old Wright led a campaign to save it. He asserted that tearing it down “would be like destroying a fine piece of sculpture or a beautiful painting.” In 1963, the Robie House was named a National Historic Landmark and donated to the University of Chicago. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust operates the building as a public museum.
Behind the Scenes Access: Tour the interior of this world famous home and learn details of its history from expert docents of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.
Saturday: Closed to OHC (Robie House will be open for regularly scheduled paid tours)
Expect long wait times. Some visitors may be turned away due to high traffic.
Architect(s): Frank Lloyd Wright
Note: There will be no photography permitted at this site.