Frank Lloyd Wright’s Newly Renovated Robie House Is Open to the Public

published Apr 4, 2019
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Now that you’ve had enough time to shop to your heart’s content at Amazon’s Frank Lloyd Wright home decor shop, you may still be in need of a few more tips to bring your interior. Here’s a pretty effective way to gain some serious design inspo: Take a tour through the recently renovated Robie House.

Built in 1910 for Chicago motorcycle manufacturing exec Frederick C. Robie, the classic home has opened up its doors to the public after undergoing an extensive $11 million restoration. Prior to the extreme makeover, enthusiasts were only able to digitally visit the Robie House (an award-winning experience, BTW), but you can now actually peruse the most acclaimed of Wright’s Prairie Houses in person.

Once inside, visitors can expect to be treated to a snapshot of the creative range of one of the 20th century’s greatest architectural minds. As Travel + Leisure notes, the house is filled with several of Wright’s signature design techniques, including “horizontal lines, custom leaded glass windows, airy living spaces, and jaw-dropping woodwork.”

Options include a 30-minute self-guided audio tour titled Robie House Past and Present which explores the surrounding buildings and neighborhood. Tickets range from $15-$18. Then there’s a 50-minute guided tour ($17-$20; free admission for children under 3) which explores the interior and exterior of the Robie House. Still photography is allowed and visitors are encouraged to share pics using #FLWTrust.

For a more in-depth experience, the 90-minute guided tour ($50 for Trust members; $60 general public) takes visitors at a time to both public and private areas of the Robie House. Available only on Saturdays and Sundays, the tour also offers information about the “history, design, furnishings, restoration and cultural significance” of the renowned residence.