Friday, July 15, 2016

Wright in Chicago: The Robie House

More Chicago Frank Lloyd Wright as we slide into the weekend. Completed in 1910, the Frederick C. Robie home was probably Wright's very favorite Prairie house that he designed. My tour began in the garage area; I kept thinking...get me in here!

Finally we traveled up and around the house, which is still in the middle of a much-needed restoration.

While the interiors are not as slick and revitalized as Wright's home and studio, you can still see the amazing bones of Wright's horizontal design.

The chairs that are currently there give a taste of what a Wright-designed dining area might look like.

How about that shower?

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Robie House. I learned that the owner was only able to live there for a year before financial hardship forced him and his family to move. I can only imagine how heartbreaking that must have been.

Wright can also be found in downtown Chicago. The Rookery, an 1888 Chicago skyscraper was designed by the architectural firm of Burnham and Root. In 1905, seeking to modernize the interior public spaces of The Rookery, Edward C. Waller, the building’s manager, hired Wright.

Jaw drops and hits the floor.

The Rookery is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright trust.

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K. Martinez said...

Another awesome Wright home, but man do I love The Rookery! What a beautiful building, both the exterior and interior. Your photography is as gorgeous as usual. Thanks, Dave.

Anonymous said...

When we saw the Robie house, it was very striking to see so many elements that are now "ranch house cliches" done here for the first time.

It's a mystery why the construction and architecture industries don't adopt these splendid buildings for reconstruction. Think of the advertising value for a plaster or insulation manufacturer to say they support the restoration of the Robie house. The sums required for full restoration are peanuts compared to today's advertising budgets.

The light fixtures alone would sell in the millions if a manufacturer could get a license to sell the reproductions used in the restoration. Those porcelain sockets almost brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you, Dave. Beautiful pictures as always.


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Fifthrider said...

They're both fantastic, but the Rookery is beyond compare. It's like a set from a Victorian sci-fi movie.