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Jan. 21, 1997 Press Contact: William Harms
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Robie House at University of Chicago Becomes Historic House-Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House will be leased to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation by the University of Chicago so that it can be restored and operated as a public house-museum.

A lease-signing ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at the house, 5757 S. Woodlawn.

Called “the cornerstone of modern architecture” by Wright, Robie House marked a dramatic departure in the design of residential architecture when it was completed in 1910. The house’s striking horizontal lines, hovering roofs and fluid, open-spaced interior revolutionized American residential architecture.

In 1957, a panel of leading architects and art historians named Robie House one of two outstanding houses built in the 20th century. The other was Fallingwater, a house designed by Wright in 1936, in Bear Run, Pa. In 1963, Robie House was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark, and in 1991 the American Institute of Architects listed it as one of the best works of American architecture.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, which is raising money to complete restoration of the house, plans to offer tours daily at noon, beginning in February, with an expanded tour schedule and a book shop in August.

The house has been used for the offices of the University of Chicago Alumni Association since 1979. Those offices will be moved to another location on campus.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is adding Robie House to its historic sites collection, is a partner in the arrangement, along with the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, which operates the property for the National Trust, will restore and operate Robie House as a museum.
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