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Exterior view of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

The Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio

951 Chicago Avenue

Oak Park, IL 60302


Written by Julie Greiner
The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio served as Wright's primary residence and studio from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural
laboratory, experimenting with space, form, light, materials, furnishings and decorative arts. The building was constantly in transition, showcasing the architecture's evolving design philosophy. In 1895, Wright expanded the living space of the home, and in 1898 he added the studio, from which he designed more than 150 structures, including such famous buildings as the Robie House, Larkin Building and Unity Temple. This extraordinary Home and Studio complex served as the birthplace of the first fully American style of architecture. Here, Wright conceived the Prairie style of architecture, developing
Exterior view of Robie House
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
ideas that founded their fullest expression in many of the surrounding homes he designed for clients.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust offers guided walking tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture National Historic District in Oak Park. The area surrounding the Home and Studio contains the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed structures. With 25 of his buildings in the village, as well as a rich selection of restored Prairie School and Victorian homes, Oak Park is an outdoor museum of

architectural history.

The Robie House

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust operates the Robie House as a publicly accessible architectural house museum and is open for tours. The Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client, Frederick C. Robie, is one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Completed in 1910, the building was a catalyst for a revolution in domestic architecture, prestaging many of the developments that would arise throughout the twentieth century. In 1908, Frederick C. Robie commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to
Reception Hall of Frank Lloyd Wright Design
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
design a house for him at 5757 S. Woodlawn, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The building, which emerged from the collaboration between Frank Lloyd Wright and Frederick C. Robie, is a testament to Wright's innovative and thoroughly modern approach to architecture. Robie, together with his wife, Lora Heironymous Robie, and their two children, moved into the completed house in 1910.

The house was used as a domestic residence until 1926, when it was sold to the Chicago Theological Seminary. Looking to re-develop the site at 5757 South Woodlawn, the Seminary twice attempted to demolish the building. Wright protested to the demolition and in 1957 he visited the house in person and called for its preservation. This would be one of the few occasions
Frank Lloyd Wright House
Courtesy of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
on which Wright would publicly ask for the preservation of one of his own works. In 1958, the building was sold to Webb and Knapp, a New York re-development firm who donated the building to the University of Chicago in 1962. The University retains ownership of the building to this day. The Preservation Trust has begun a $7 million, multi-year restoration of the site.The objective of this restoration is to re-create the building that existed in 1910, which would best reflect the intentions of the architect and his client.

The museums are open daily, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. Frank Lloyd Wright books, gifts, reproductions and maps are available through bookshops located at both museum sites.

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