House gets restoration gift
Robie house restoration project
got a big boost this October in the form of $1 million from the
Pritzker Family Foundation--and a pep talk from First Lady Hillary
from the University, the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation,
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation joined U of C
Trustee Thomas Jay Pritzker, JD'76, MBA'76, president of the Hyatt
Corporation, in announcing the gift. Lovers of great architecture,
his parents founded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a prestigious
annual award given by the Hyatt Foundation to a living architect
"whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities
of talent, vision, and commitment."
entire Robie House restoration project should cost about $7 million,
said Joan Mercuri, executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright
Home and Studio Foundation, which oversees the house for the University.
The first phase of renovation will include restoring the clay
tile roof, conserving the copper gutter system, and tuckpointing
95 percent of the building. The building will remain open for
House, along with two other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, Taliesin
and Fallingwater, is part of the Save America's Treasures program,
a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium
Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
honorary chair of the Millennium Committee to Save America's Treasures,
Clinton came to Chicago to tour Robie House and two other cultural
landmarks included in the program, Chess Records and the Pullman
neighborhood. While at Robie House, Clinton spoke on the importance
we lose [these buildings], we lose our history and our national
memory," she said. "Robie House embodies an American spirit familiar
to all of us."
also took time to praise the Pritzkers, saying, "I believe that
the Pritzker family in itself is a treasure, not only in Chicago
but in America." --K.S.