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Robie House

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 21 October 2011 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark in the Chicago, Illinois neighborhood of Hyde Park at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue on the South Side. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of his Prairie style, the first architectural style that was uniquely American. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on November 27, 1963 and was on the very first National Register of Historic Places list of October 15, 1966.

The projecting cantilevered roof eaves, continuous bands of art-glass windows, and the use of Roman brick emphasize the horizontal, which had rich associations for Wright. The horizontal line reminded him of the American prairie and was a line of repose and shelter, appropriate for a house. The exterior walls are double-wythe construction of a Chicago common brick core with a red-orange iron-spotted Roman brick veneer. To further emphasize the horizontal of the bricks, the horizontal joints were filled with a cream-colored mortar and the small vertical joints were filled with brick-colored mortar. From a distance, this complex and expensive tuckpointing creates an impression of continuous lines of horizontal color and minimizes the appearance of individual bricks.

The design of the art glass windows is an abstract pattern of colored and clear glass using Wright's favorite 30 and 60-degree angles. Wright used similar designs in tapestries inside the house and for gates surrounding the outdoor spaces and enclosing the garage courtyard. The planter urns, copings, lintels, sills and other exterior trimwork are of Bedford limestone.

Photo captured September 30, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.5 ISO 100 18 mm

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Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot :)

21 Oct 2011 7:24am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, this is perfect HDR work!
the colours and details are outstanding.

21 Oct 2011 7:24am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

Great HDR !
Have a nice day.

21 Oct 2011 7:30am

tataray from france, France

jolies couleurs chaudes, de beaux détails. )

21 Oct 2011 7:48am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot.. love the details and the patterns.. amazing colours.

21 Oct 2011 7:51am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Good angle of approach to accentuate the horizontal style, great job with Photomatix here.

21 Oct 2011 8:41am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

what an interesting creative brick working style, emphasizing the horizontal lines by the cream colored mortar gives the house a delicate beauty. Including the pedestrians and the green tree at the corners enhances the beauty of the view, fabulous capture indeed

21 Oct 2011 9:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Yes, this design is pure genius - and a perfect angle to create this marvelous shot.

21 Oct 2011 10:02am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture. The colours and detail is superb. Beautifuly captured and presented.

21 Oct 2011 11:58am

Florence from Paris, France

I love these modern architecture, so different from the one you can see in Paris (for ex). Great work on tone mapping and contrast range !

21 Oct 2011 12:29pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wright's genius was evident the moment I laid eyes upon this. Excellent processing and image quality.

21 Oct 2011 1:01pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

A beautiful piece of architecture that you've shown us so well here Steven! Your processing really brings out the details.

21 Oct 2011 2:20pm

franz from Baden, Austria

great architecture in a very nicely and effectively processed photo! this being a national historic landmark, i take it it is no longer inhabited but used as a kind of museum? which is good on the one hand because the building will "survive", but sad on the other because it is"alienated" from its original use! but better this than the alternative ... tear it down and replace it with something "new"!

21 Oct 2011 5:39pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This is beautiful! Great angle and wonderful color!

21 Oct 2011 8:51pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

A class A HDR! Perfectly processed. Two thumbs up.

21 Oct 2011 10:50pm

Trina from Pennsylvania, United States

Nice hdr! Great angle for this image!

22 Oct 2011 12:06am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An exquisite photo of this magnificent house. Bravo!

22 Oct 2011 12:08am

Visualaccent from somewhere in the, United States

Nicely executed HDR, congratulation.

22 Oct 2011 2:25am

Behnam from Esfahan, Iran

Fantastic HDR, everything is perfect.

22 Oct 2011 2:53am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran


22 Oct 2011 7:39am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

impressionnante cette maison de briques

22 Oct 2011 12:20pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Followers of Wrights style all know this building well and your photo is wonderful,
stretching out the building as far as the eye can see.

22 Oct 2011 3:16pm

Kala from United States

Fantastic HDR work here.

22 Oct 2011 6:02pm

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

Superb shot of this elegant building, a fitting tribute to the genius of FL Wright!

23 Oct 2011 1:04am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

fantastic and impressive processing my dear!

23 Oct 2011 11:36am

Truels from Denmark

I love your post about buildings and architecture. Frank Lloyd is an ingenious architect, this is a very special, beautiful and impressive building, I would like to see more of his works!!

27 Oct 2011 5:54pm