In 1908, Frederick C. Robie, a young and ambitious Chicago businessman, decided he wanted to build a “sturdy, functional and strikingly modern” home for his family in Hyde Park, an elegant Chicago neighborhood and home to the campus of the University of Chicago.
Robie wanted a house with an abundance of light and great views of the surrounding neighborhood, yet one that also maintained his family’s privacy. He didn’t like small confining rooms and thought that flowing spaces were essential in a well designed home. In Frank Lloyd Wright, he found an architect who not only agreed with these ideals, but who could transform them into a unique physical expression.
Arguably America’s greatest architect and among the world’s most gifted, Frank Lloyd Wright was also a man of boundless energy. In a career that spanned over 74 years, he designed more than 900 works–including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries, bridges, museums and many other building types.
No other architect took greater advantage of setting and environment. No other architect glorified the sense of “shelter” as Wright. “A building is not just a place to be. It is a way to be,” he said. Wright’s work–not least Robie House–has stood the test of time.