Robie House – Frank Lloyd Wright

Robie House

Robie House Chicago Flickr Naotake Murayama

Robie House Chicago AST

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's finest Chicago architecture gems comes in the form of the Robie House, the historic home of a local businessman, Frederick C Robie. Located in South Woodland, this Prarie style home is over 100 years old with a beginning construction date of 1908 (completion 1910). The home has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963.

The Robie House is open 9-4 each Thursday through Monday, a time span in which you can get an interior tour of this 'masterpiece of prairie style and icon of modern architecture' (Frank Lloyd Wright Trust). Inside the home, you will see the butler pantry, master bedroom, kitchen, children's playroom, living room, dining and guest rooms and entryway foyer. The tour will last 45-60 minutes unless you opt to take the 90-minute Private tour with access to secret spots on the third floor as well as the servant's wing.

This is truly one of the best spots to see prairie architecture aspects at work, the strong exterior horizontal lines, low roofs, and natural material highly reminiscent of the plains of the Midwest.