Named one of the 10 most significant buildings of the 20th century by the American Institute of Architects, the 9,000-square-foot Robie House (1910) is long and low. Massive overhangs shoot out from the low-pitched roof, and windows run along the facade in a glittering stretch. Inside, Wright's "open plan" echoes the great outdoors, as one space flows into another, while sunlight streaming through decorative leaded windows bathes the rooms in patterns. The original dining
room had a table with lanterns at each corner, giving the illusion that the table itself was a separate room. Other Wright innovations include a three-car garage (now the gift shop), intercom, and central vacuum-cleaner system. Check the website for tour options. It's a good idea to make reservations in advance.
Feb 24, 2003
If architecture is your thing, then this is a place to be. Tucked back near the University of Chicago, parking can be a little hard but it is all worth the effort. A great place to stop when heading South of the city to go to the Museum of Science and Industry.