Frank Lloyd Wright’s lauded Frederick C Robie House has reopened to the public in Chicago following a meticulous $11m refurbishment.
The 1910 house is considered to be the finest of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prarie homes and is characterised by its flat, cantilever roof and straight lines inspired by the Midwest landscape.
Chicago practice Harboe Architects were tasked with restoring the 109-year-old building on behalf of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, along with a crack team of preservationists and craftspeople. After repairing the external brickwork, the team recreated the original leaded-glass front door – destroyed during demonstrations in the 1960s – using Wright’s drawings.
Inside, lime-based plasterwork was carefully patched to blend with the original hues and texture, and fireplace surrounds, and globe pendant lights were replicated.
Robie House is now open for guided tours, and guests can see original furniture Wright designed for the home – including the dining tables and chairs – which have been loaned from the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.