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The Frederick C. Robie House #1

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 March 2021 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The side elevation of the Frederick C. Robie House. The 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 tuck pointing 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 trim work are of Bedford limestone.

From the archives...........Photo captured September 30, 2011.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/4.0 ISO 100 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Nice modern architecture. I really like its red bricks, bricks always bring a lot of warmth to homes or buildings.

16 Mar 2021 5:48am

rem_la from Villiers, France

les indiscrets en sont pour leur frais

16 Mar 2021 6:16am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle initiative , j'aime beaucoup !!

16 Mar 2021 6:53am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Originale et surement très belle !!

16 Mar 2021 7:24am

Siepi from Zemst, Belgium

Great architecture. Like the greenery coming over the wall.

16 Mar 2021 7:26am

jpla from Anjou, France


16 Mar 2021 7:53am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Fine modern architecture.

16 Mar 2021 8:18am

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

un bulldozer de briques impressionnant.

16 Mar 2021 8:41am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous house

16 Mar 2021 8:43am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A beautiful capture of this elegant building.
Although you state that it is uniquely American, from this viewpoint it evokes a feeling of Japanese architecture to my mind.

16 Mar 2021 9:30am

@grouser: I can definitely see that. And you'll see more influence tomorrow.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

good looking architecture

16 Mar 2021 9:41am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very impressive house Steven. Excellent image.

16 Mar 2021 10:16am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Une architecture moderne et très harmonieuse !
Bonne journée Steven

16 Mar 2021 12:31pm

Rose from United States

Another to google...do you realize how often you send me off to Google with something you post?

16 Mar 2021 1:20pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Great point of view for this fine photo of the historic Frederick C. Robie House.

16 Mar 2021 2:25pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I thought I recognized FL Wright's style. What a beautiful viewpoint

16 Mar 2021 2:40pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow...lovely architecture !!!! Looks beauuuuuuuuuuuuuuutiful !!!!Thank you for the note :))

16 Mar 2021 2:49pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Beautiful example. I visited FLW's house in Oak Park in the mid 90s and saw the other buildings of his in the neighbourhood. Believe it or not I'm currently wading through his autobiography, which is a hefty book but very interesting, he has a unique style in writing too!

16 Mar 2021 4:16pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

super( cette végétation

16 Mar 2021 4:25pm

Remus from Portugal

It's a beautiful house. I like that kind of architecture.

16 Mar 2021 5:10pm

omar from Hamburg, Germany

Abstract architecture, wonderful. Perfect framing!

16 Mar 2021 5:26pm

helys from Paris, France


16 Mar 2021 6:01pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Absolutely beautiful. His houses evoke such peace and elegance. I love the architecture. Beautifully photographed.

16 Mar 2021 6:02pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Photographed from a beautiful point of view.

16 Mar 2021 6:13pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame & colors!

16 Mar 2021 7:15pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

I like this design!

16 Mar 2021 7:48pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très sympathique, j'aime beaucoup le mur en briques.

16 Mar 2021 8:09pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing , colors and superb sky !!

16 Mar 2021 8:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image of this amazing architecture.

16 Mar 2021 10:40pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Wright was so far ahead of his time... this is amazing! And well shot.

17 Mar 2021 1:28am

Diane from Parksville, Canada

His style is so recognizable right away. After reading this it becomes apparent just how incredibly expensive this house would have been to build. A beautiful home and makes a fine photo as well.

17 Mar 2021 2:01am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

I recognized FLW's work the moment the image opened! I LOVE his work! I like your POV and the symmetry in the frame!

17 Mar 2021 2:21am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Un très bel exemple d'un style architectural qui me plait beaucoup.
Le cadrage est parfait.
Merci pour toutes les informations jointes à cette belle image.

17 Mar 2021 2:50am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Great architecture and interesting information as well that provides excellent context to the photo.

17 Mar 2021 3:34am

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Cadrage et composition magnifiques!

17 Mar 2021 2:30pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

feels like the front of a yacht

17 Mar 2021 8:50pm

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Splendide architecture !
Je vois aussi un style un peu japonais.
Merci pour la longue description !

18 Mar 2021 8:35am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The architecture is made even more striking with the green leaf contrast.

21 Mar 2021 11:30am