Friday, 5 May 2006

Robie House - Frank Lloyd Wright

From the Chicago of 1906 comes Frank Lloyd Wright's house for the Robie family. (As it is today, here). Plans here. Living room section showing environmental appurtenances here.

TAGS: Architecture


  1. I can't thank you enough for posting these FLW photos as often as you do. I lived in the Chicago area as a kid, and remember driving through neighborhoods and seeing nice house, big house, nice house.... wow! It was a few years before I learned why those "wow!" houses were so special, and they never fail to inspire the same sense of welcome, even when it's a black & white photo.

    There are a few neighborhoods in Atlanta with a similar sense. I was at a garage sale in one, and the carport felt more at home than my own house. I've also toured a few when they were on the market. Tracked down the architect, and he turned out to be an apprentice of Wright. ( We had a chance to sit down with Robert Green, and were working on site selection so we could hire him to start plans. He was wonderful - he was perfectly at ease around our three kids, dog and cat, was willing to work with our budget, and was the only person I spoke with who understood why my baby grand should be part of the family room. We'll never know what he had in mind. He died (aneurysm) before we were able to wrangle the price we wanted from the property owner. I am so glad of the time we spent - he gave us the incredible gift of knowing not just what we want from a house, but why.

    That's enough rambling from me - back to work!

  2. Your 'rambling' is my reward, Joy. More 'rambling' on those or similar lines would be more than welcome. ;^)

    Such a pity you never completed the project with Robert Green, Joy, but such a gift he gave you. :-)

  3. Reminds me of a battleship, that house!


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