May 222011
 

The Prairie Style Architecture of Robie House by architect F. L. Wright: Street ViewDesigned 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.

Robie House by architect F. L. Wright: West End

Robie House: West End

Robie House Interior by architect F. L Wrigh: Digital Recreation

Robie House Interior: Digital Recreation

“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

Robie House Elevation - Original Construction Drawing by architect F. L. Wright

Wright Construction Drawing Elevation

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Other Wright Homes:

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright's drawing of Fir Tree House in Pecos, New Mexico

 

Fir Tree House, Pecos, New Mexico

 

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  7 Responses to “Robie House by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright”

  1. Thanks for helping out, wonderful info. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.” by Henry David Thoreau.

  2. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents tours of Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Robie House in Chicago. Their Frank Lloyd Wright housewalk in May offers tours of private Wright homes in Oak Park. Information and tickets are at gowright.org.

  3. And he most certainly did. Mike Wallace didn’t understand the term organic and Wright had to explain that this term meant from nature, that organic architecture was indeed a natural architecture. Today, fifty-five years later, we finally understand what the architect spoke of so passionately half a century ago.

  4. The sluggish restoration progress is due to the staffing of the fundraising team with bored Oak Park housewives; who enjoy everything about the position except doing the work. They don’t have an ounce of ability or vitality to share between them. Cronies reign in the aggravating Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

  5. The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture. It was created by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, a forward-thinking businessman. 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. Tours of the site offer both a first-hand experience of its amazingly contemporary spaces and the current restoration work that is returning the house to its original appearance.

  6. There is something very compelling and involvingto my sense perceptions about Wright’s long, sleek,tiered approach to architecture, as well as thevarious designs of lamps and chairs and lightswhich he included in the house. But on seeing thephotos of the dining room…and the rigid butbeautiful “Gothic” like chairs, as well as thephotos of the “stuff” that the Robie familycluttered the Spartan rooms with in theirattempts to “customize” it to their livingdesires…the house seems incredibly beautiful,but not incredibly utilitarian: idealized, abstract,geometric beauty and organic harmony with thebeauty and structure of Nature, but not necessarily”organic” in its relation to people and “commoncreature” comforts.

  7. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents tours of Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park and the Robie House in Chicago. Their Frank Lloyd Wright housewalk in May offers tours of private Wright homes in Oak Park. Information and tickets are at gowright.org.

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