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The Frederick C. Robie House #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 17 March 2021 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 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 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Martine from Brest, France

Jolis murs de briques.

17 Mar 2021 5:31am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Clear and straightforward architecture. Lots of great details

17 Mar 2021 5:57am

Marie from Villages du Lac de Paladru, France

Great angle and light on this superb building

17 Mar 2021 5:59am

Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

I immediately said "Frank Lloyd Wright" when this opened, Steven. What an architectural genius!

17 Mar 2021 7:28am

jpla from Anjou, France

bel angle

17 Mar 2021 8:03am

helys from Paris, France


17 Mar 2021 8:10am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very attractive. worth photographing.

17 Mar 2021 9:10am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Great angle and graphics!

17 Mar 2021 9:30am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Yes it's a lovely building and this is another excellent capture of it. Still, for me though, a strong Japanese influence apparent in the design.

17 Mar 2021 9:53am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This really is a superb building. Excellent image Steven.

17 Mar 2021 9:54am

Alun from Cheshire, United Kingdom

What a lovely building, love the colours

17 Mar 2021 10:11am

P-TER from Roeselare, Belgium

A photo that brightens up!

17 Mar 2021 10:28am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

This is a wunderful caught of this expressive building.

17 Mar 2021 10:50am

suzanne from Belgium

Nature et architecture... une image de toute beauté ! :-)

17 Mar 2021 11:03am

Rose from United States

I was hoping you would show more...

17 Mar 2021 11:31am

Maryse from bordeaux, Denmark

Ah ! oui au vu de la photo d'hier je ne l'imaginais pas aussi grand !!!! Mais cela ne lui enlève en rien sa beauté.
Bonne journée Steven

17 Mar 2021 12:36pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Looks beautiful...lovely architecture...great details...Thank you for the history :)))

17 Mar 2021 12:51pm

Willy from Belgium

Superbe photographie de cette très belle bâtisse en briques Steven

merci pour les informations intéressantes


17 Mar 2021 1:27pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUperb viewpoint to see all of the angles and windows

17 Mar 2021 2:59pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Wonderful perspective and composition Steven.

17 Mar 2021 3:15pm

PAPOU from Aubusson (Creuse), France

Un très bel édifice.

17 Mar 2021 3:53pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful picture . Yes I recognize the bricks and the roofs from yesterday and it’s bigger than I thought !

17 Mar 2021 4:02pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A great looking building that features unqiue design.

17 Mar 2021 4:16pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

super( cette architecture

17 Mar 2021 4:17pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This really gives a better idea of what this interesting house looks like. It is huge.

17 Mar 2021 5:13pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Beautiful photo that leaves a different impression than yesterday's photo.

17 Mar 2021 5:59pm

Hootin' Anni from Corpus Christi, United States

"uniquely American"...yet definitely new to me!!! What a terrific share. And I'm glad to know it's a landmark.

17 Mar 2021 6:59pm

Ray. B from Charentes-Poitou, France

Je la préfère sous cet angle par rapport à hier.
Jolies couleurs et textures.
Magnifique prise.

17 Mar 2021 7:36pm

@Ray. B: Moi aussi. C'est pourquoi la photo d'hier était la première.

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

amazing architecture and you've captured it beautifully

17 Mar 2021 8:49pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A spectacular image of this gorgeous house. It's good to see it's well cared for.

17 Mar 2021 9:01pm

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Impressive brick layers

17 Mar 2021 9:52pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

this is wonderful, but your angle yesterday made the house seem so modern and unusual

18 Mar 2021 12:11am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Quite a striking looking house.

18 Mar 2021 12:23am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is gorgeous! I love the attention to detail. The windows are just beautiful! I am glad that it has been so well cared for.

18 Mar 2021 2:47am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

It's so wonderful - thank you for sharing this with us!

18 Mar 2021 3:18am

CrashRyan from New Jersey/New York City area, United States

Very cool architecture ... we're watching a ton of building/architecture shows on YouTube ... we're grooving to this

18 Mar 2021 3:26am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Fantastic architecture and wonderful detail.

18 Mar 2021 3:42am

yo from Entre Seine et Loire, France

Un autre angle spectaculaire qui montre les fenêtres en verre coloré !

18 Mar 2021 8:38am

jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Impressionnante cette architecture et pas banale.

19 Mar 2021 2:35am

Remus from Portugal

Very elegant building and where the lines and right angles are in clear majority.

19 Mar 2021 6:52pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The brickwork reminds me of some South-East Asian architecture.

21 Mar 2021 11:29am

Diane from Parksville, Canada

Just like most of his architecture, what is hidden from the street is even more spectacular. Really incredible.

23 Mar 2021 2:58am