Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Frederick C. Robie house


Frank Lloyd Wright


5757 S. Woodlawn Ave.




Prairie School




  151a. west end, photo, J. Cohen.
  151c. detail with urn, photo 1988, M. Brack.
  151d. dining room, old photo, Lantern Slide Coll., GSD, Harvard U. [Images of America, Library of Congress]: (#X524.8/dx.2).
  151e. entry, photo 1988, M. Brack.


With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, , for much of the info on this page.
Photos copyright City of Chicago.
Of the more than 75 buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright  designed in the Chicago area, none is more famous or influential than this residence, which was designed for Frederick C. Robie, a young manufacturer of bicycles. The affinity of its striking horizontal lines to the flat landscape of the Midwestern prairie came to be associated with an architectural style popularly known as the "Prairie School." The building's low, overhanging roof and the long wall around its base give a sense of privacy to the occupants, while the roof's sweeping horizontality makes the house seem longer and lower than it actually is. This design, which was a marked contrast to traditional houses of the period, signaled a turning point in modern residential architecture.

Society of Architectural Historians

Special thanks to the Society of Architectural Historians
for some of the images on this page (copyright SAH).