Robie House


The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and it is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style, the first architectural style that was uniquely American. The house Wright designed for Frederick C. Robie is the consummate expression of his Prairie style. The house is conceived as an integral whole—site and structure, interior and exterior, furniture, ornament and architecture, each element is connected. On the exterior, bands of brick and limestone anchor the building to the earth, while overhanging eaves and dramatic cantilevered roofs shelter the residence. The horizontality of the house is reinforced at every level of the design—from the iconic roofline, to the very bricks and mortar of the building itself. Through his use of materials, Wright achieves a remarkable balance of tone and color, as iron-flecked brick harmonizes with the iridescent leaded glass of the windows that encircle the building. Broad balconies and terraces cause interior and exterior space to flow together, while urns and planters at every level were intended to bloom with the seasons. (wikipedia)

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