Robie Residence
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Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
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Location Chicago, Illinois   map
Date 1909   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System brick and steel
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Prairie Style exemplar
Notes S.127. Long overhangs on low-pitched roofs and horizontally raked brick joints.
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Discussion Robie Residence Commentary

"The Robie house, as Wright's best expression of the Prairie masonry structure, is a national landmark....Sheathed in Roman brick and overhung so perfectly that a midsummer noon sun barely strikes the foot of the long, glass-walled southern exposure of the raised above-ground-level living quarters, it demonstrates Wright's total control and appreciation of microclimatic effects. This is coupled with a high degree of integration of the mechanical and electrical systems designed by Wright into the visual expression of the interior. Living and dining space are in-line, with only the fireplace-chimney block providing separation...Sleeping quarters are yet a floor above, play and billiard rooms below; there is no 'basement.' Construction was begun in 1908 and completed the following year. The garage and surrounding wall were later altered from the original design."

— William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog. project 127.

The Creator's Words

"Architecture is the triumph of human imagination over materials, methods and men, to put man into possession of his own earth.

Machinery, materials and men—yes—these are the stuffs by means of which the so-called American architect will get his architecture....Only by the strength of his spirit's grasp upon all three—machinery, materials and men—will the architect be able so to build that his work may be worthy the great name architecture.

Bring out the nature of the materials, let their nature intimately into your scheme....Reveal the nature of the wood, plaster, brick or stone in your designs; they are all by nature friendly and beautiful."

— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. p48.

Details

Address: 5757 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Thomas A. Heinz. Architectural Monographs No. 18: Frank Lloyd Wright. p140.

Resources
Sources on Robie Residence

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p130-131.   Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.79. interior photo of angled end bay of living space. interior living space with hearth, wall of french doors. eye level overview from sidewalk near street corner.

Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. LC 89-31772. NA2840.F67 1989. draing of wall section detail, p194. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, drawing 0908.24, HABS, Survey. [MW]   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at Amazon.com

Thomas A.Heinz. Architectural Monographs No. 18: Frank Lloyd Wright. NewYork: St.Martin's Press, 1992. ISBN 0-312-07243-0. NA737.W7H4 1992. interior color photo of living room, p75. exterior color photo from the street, p75.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. eye level exterior photo, p227. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. Available at Amazon.com

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1987. ISBN 0-8-93-1421-5. LC 87-20755. NA737.W7A4 1988. p48.

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. exterior photo, p150, exterior close-up, p151.

William Allin Storrer. The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: a Complete Catalog. Second Edition. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1979. ISBN 0-262-19171-7. LC 78-1306. NA737.W7A4 1978. project 127. geographical index p11.

William Allin Storrer. The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1993. ISBN 0-226-77624-7. LC 93-30127. NA737.W7A4 1993. plan drawing.   Available at Amazon.com

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior photo, f248, p307, interior photo, f249, p309.   An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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