Robie House, one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous
homes, is on its way to complete restoration after a $2 million
gift from Illinois FIRST, a public-works fund administered by
the State of Illinois. The gift brings the total amount raised
for restoration to $4.2 million, according to the Frank Lloyd
Wright Preservation Trust, which is coordinating the ten-year,
$7 million effort.
Robie House has anchored the corner of 58th and Woodlawn since
1909, when it was built for bicycle manufacturer Frederick C.
Robie and his wife, Lora Hieronymus, Ph.D. 1900. Known for its
wide, flowing spaces and a band of 174 art-glass windows designed
to take advantage of the sun's path, the Prairie School home
was considered ultramodern for its time.
escaping a demolition planned by the Chicago Theological Seminary
in 1957, it was named "House of the Century" by House
& Home magazine that year. In 1963 the house, by then
a federal landmark, was given to the University of Chicago,
where it was used as student housing, for office space, and
at one point as the home of the Alumni Association.
1999 Robie House has been under restoration by the Preservation
Trust, which also conducts daily tours for visitors. Work to
be done this year includes repairing the roof, tuckpointing
the exterior, installing new heating and air systems, and replacing