Chicago is a place known for its architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright is one of those great American architects who called Chicago home and there are many fine examples of his work throughout the city and around the world. One of the most significant is the Robie House located in the Hyde Park neighbourhood on The University of Chicago campus.
From his studio in Oak Park, Wright developed a new architectural style called the Prairie style. From this the Robie House took shape and it is considered to be the finest example of Prairie style architecture of its kind. Completed in 1910 Robie House and the Prairie style went on to influence home design for decades, incorporating functional style and aesthetic appeal with nature.
Wright was influenced by his prairie roots growing up in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin. For Wright architectural design meant taking the natural setting into consideration, blending design and nature into quiet and inviting form.
This national historic landmark has recently been submitted to the World Heritage Committee by the U.S. Department of the Interior to be included as a World Heritage Site. With or without this distinction, the Robie House will continue to be one of the most influential homes in America.
Public transportation to the Robie House is available from downtown Chicago. Bus service on the #6 Jackson Park Express departs from the street level at the “State and Lake” el stop in the Loop. The Metra train will also get you there. Take the University Park Line from Millennium Station and exit the train at 55th, 56th Street stop and walk five blocks west to Woodlawn Ave and turn left.