Frederick C. Robie House (1906), Chicago, Illinois
The Robie House, as Wright’s best expression of the Prairie masonry structure, is a national landmark. Called the “house of the century” by House and Home magazine in 1958, it is now owned by the University of Chicago.
The steel beams that support the front roof cantilever over the terrace are revealed in the folded and dropped ceiling along the edges of the main rooms inside. There are no real walls in the living room, only plaster-faced posts between the windows and doors which are continuous around the entire room. The wood-trim boards which bend to follow the ceiling line as they cross the room are spaced to align with the door posts.
Second (main) floor plan. The ground floor contains a billiards room below the living room and children’s area below the dining room. The third floor is the sleeping quarters. All three stories take no more height than most two-story houses of the same era.
Rendering of the Robie House, 1910. Copyright © the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
For more information about the Robie House, see: Frank LLoyd Wright Trust
References: Frank Lloyd Wright by Robert McCarter, ©1997 Phaidon Press Limited; The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright by William Allin Storrer, ©1995 MIT Press