Chicago Sights

Robie House

  • 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Map It
  • Hyde Park
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Entrance, Robie House, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Published 08/31/2015

Fodor's Review

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), an intercom, and a central vacuum-cleaner system. Check the website for tour options. It's a good idea to make reservations in advance.

Sight Information

Address:

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Illinois, 60637, USA

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Phone:

312-994–4000

Website: www.flwright.org

Sight Details:

  • $12–$55, depending on tour
  • Tours Thurs.–Mon. 10:30–3; museum shop Thurs.–Mon. 9:30–4:30

Published 08/31/2015

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