Designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and built in Chicago in 1910, Robie House is one of America’s most significant architectural historic landmarks. The structure has become an icon of the Prairie Style of residential architecture as created by Wright. The Prairie Style tradition revolutionized American architecture of the time and can be recognized as the first modern architecture.
I had opportunities to visit Robie house in recent years, where an ongoing restoration is underway. The exterior has been repaired and stabilized. Much work however remains to restore the deteriorated and altered interior of the home. It made me sad to see the disrepair of the venerable house and I was frustrated to observe the painfully slow pace of restorations. The speed of the work’s process has been limited by finances. Contributions to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will help to hasten this important project.
“A building should appear to grow easily from its site, shaped to harmonize with its surroundings if Nature is manifest there, and if not try to make it as quiet, substantial and organic as She would have were the opportunity Hers.
“We of the Middle West are living on the prairie. The prairie has a beauty peculiarly its own and we should recognize and accentuate its natural beauty, its quiet level. Hence gently sloping roofs, low proportions, quiet skylines, suppressed heavy-set chimneys and sheltering overhangs, low terraces and out-reaching walls sequestering private gardens.”
–F. L. Wright, 1908
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