S. Woodlawn Ave.
Year Built: 1909
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971
Of the more than 75 buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed
in the Chicago area, none is more famous or influential than
this residence, which was designed for Frederick C. Robie, a
young manufacturer of bicycles. The affinity of its striking
horizontal lines to the flat landscape of the Midwestern prairie
came to be associated with an architectural style popularly known
as the "Prairie School." The building's low, overhanging
roof and the long wall around its base give a sense of privacy
to the occupants, while the roof's sweeping horizontality makes
the house seem longer and lower than it actually is.