The Frederick C. House, located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood is a National Historic Landmark and regarded as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most significant Prairie style houses. Completed in 1910 for Frederick C. Robie and his family, the building is Wright’s quintessential Prairie style house featuring brick walls with limestone trim, low-sloping hip roofs with wide eaves, and bands of decorative art glass windows. Over the years the house has endured multiple owners, renovations and uses, as well as more than one threat of demolition. In 1997, operations and maintenance of the house was turned over to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Since that time, the Trust has raised money for restoration work and conducted tours of the house.

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Title Frederick C. Robie House
Work Completed Restoration Work Plan; Accessibility Study
Date Completed In progress
Client Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Location Chicago, Illinois

Photos by James Caulfield

Project Information

In 2012, Harboe Architects was asked to create a Restoration Work Plan to outline the previous work and develop a plan to successfully complete the restoration of the Robie House. While the previous studies and restoration projects that have been undertaken to date have facilitated the long term preservation of the house, additional work is necessary to bring the house to the level of completion desired by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. In addition, Harboe Architects completed an Accessibility Study for the house. Six schemes were developed that provide various levels of access throughout the house. Harboe Architects developed restoration treatments for interior plaster and paint finishes and produced construction documents for the interior restoration.  Additional restoration work will continue as funding becomes available.