Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission

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The Frederick C. Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. This Prairie style masterpiece is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright List. Discover the residence Wright described as “a cornerstone of modern architecture” on guided tours that take in both the exterior and interior of the building. Inspired by the expansive landscape of the Midwest prairie, Wright’s Robie House is the most famous of the architect’s groundbreaking Prairie houses.

Public tours are available Thursday - Monday. The museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Average 4.85 out of 5 stars based on 20 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Alejandro_V, Nov 2021 Verified
Excellent Gide, Mary. She did a wonderful job explaining not only the house but the surroundings and it’s history
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Jennifer K, Oct 2021 Verified
Remarkable architecture, easily accessible, and so great to visit one of the rare Frank Lloyd Wright homes that is open to the public.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Jami_H, Sep 2021 Verified
Our tour guide Bob was great. The house is breathtaking. Very pleasant experience and learned so much.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Clinton_C, Aug 2021 Verified
Great way to experience an early Frank Lloyd Wright prairie style house. Guide was excellent and the group was small.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
TeamPidge, Aug 2021 Verified
No doubt one of the icon's most iconic works, the Robie House provides an hour-long, top-to-bottom tour of the gorgeous structure, ending in a gift shop offering a vast assortment of Frank Lloyd Wright items. Seeing is believing, although I still have trouble wrapping my head around the beauty and art of this impressive, recently-restored residence.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Rose M, Aug 2021 Verified
This should be a must during a visit to Chicago. We had an excellent docent. He was patient and very knowledgeable. It's an amazing structure with its art glass windows, light and space. He was a practical dreamer and this house so illustrates his vision.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
pkadams231, Aug 2021 Verified
Great tour! Guide incredibly knowledgeable - felt like you were getting a master class in FLW. Beautiful location and well-preserved house (with central AC! - key in middle of the summer). Conveniently located on U Chicago campus. Highly recommend!
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Taylor B, Jul 2021 Verified
Once you have visited Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, all other architectural buildings from the 20th century are so much silly-putty. Except for Robie House in Chicago. Located at 5757 South Woodlawn in the Hyde Park neighborhood, on the University of Chicago campus, it was designed as a single family home by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of Prairie School, the first architectural style considered uniquely American. In 1991, it was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century. Today, it stands as an important part of America's cultural heritage, a powerful declaration of Frank Lloyd Wright's uncompromising vision for a new American architecture. The 9,062-square-foot structure was built in 1909 for Frederick C. Robie, who was only 28 years old and an assistant manager of his father's company. Robie, his wife and two children moved into the house in May 1910. His tenure in the house was short lived. Due to financial problems, Robie was forced to sell the house after living in it for only 14 months. The final cost of the house was $58,500. Today, it is worth nearly $2 million. After going through several owners and threats of demolition, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust assumed ownership of the house in 1977. In 2002, it began restoration to its original appearance in 1910. With the Robie House, Wright established a new form of domestic design with the bold interplay of horizontal planes about the chimney mass and the structurally expressive pieces and windows. The house contains four fireplaces, a billiards room, playroom, living room, 174 art glass panels in 29 different designs and a main stairway from the entrance hall to the second floor. The projecting cantilevered roof eaves, continuous bands of art/glass windows and use of Roman brick to emphasize the horizontal are trademarks of Wright's design techniques. In his plan, the house is designed as two large rectangles that seem to slide by one another. The first floor contains a billiards room, children's playroom, boiler room, laundry room, workshop and three-car garage. The second floor contains an entry hall, living room, dining room, guest bedroom, kitchen, two bedrooms, full bath and butler's pantry. The third floor contains a master bedroom, dressing area, full bath, small closet, balcony facing south and west, two bedrooms and a full bath. The Robie House was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, declared a Chicago Landmark in 1971, recognized as "one of 10 buildings that changed America" in 2013 and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019. It is located in a neighborhood with Rockefeller Chapel, Oriental Institute, Midway Plaisance and Chicago Theological Seminary. A 1957 article in House & Home magazine stated: "By any standard the Robie House was the House of the 1900s--indeed the House of the Century."
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Maria C, Jul 2021 Verified
The tour guide was great! He was very knowledgeable and helped us to learn about Wright and the Robie House. Parking was easy.
Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Admission
Susan_J, Jul 2021 Verified
The home is beautiful, and our tour guide extremely knowledgeable about FLW work. He was able to answer all questions asked, and had several FLW stories, as well as stories about the Robie family. A particular complement ... All tours had been filled when me and my seven family members arrived. They put on an unscheduled tour for us (and another six folks who also showed up). Warning: the Cool Destinations website is, ummm, confusing; it indicates you buy your tickets through Cool Destinations, that tours are available up to 3 pm, and to go to the gift shop for the tour. Even though we got there before 2 and we had tickets for that day, all tours had been booked when we went to the gift shop.

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