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Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House Virtual Field Trip

  • May 01, 2020
  • September 01, 2020
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Covid-19 prevents us from taking any in-person field trips for the forseeable future so in the meantime we will be doing some virtual  field trips to sites in Wisconsin and the Chicago area.  

In 2017 PLATO took a bus field trip to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house in Hyde Park, Illinois and that is our selection for our first virtual field trip.  Enjoy.

In the following YouTube videos click on the black icon   to begin the video.

Once the video starts, click the full screen icon  located on the lower right of the video.

On your tablet or smartphone, view it in a horizontal rather than vertical format.

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The Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style Masterpiece

Written and produced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in 2012 as part of SC Johnson’s At Home With Frank Lloyd Wright gallery, this short film (8 minutes) celebrates Wright’s Prairie style masterpiece, the Frederick C. Robie House.


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The Interior of the Robie House

The expansive living space at the heart of the Robie House is one of the great innovations of 20th century architecture and interior design. Explore this visionary space on a virtual tour of the building.   Produced by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in 2020.


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Produced by the Open University and aired on the BBC in 1975, this fascinating 25 minute video is part of a  series called History of Architecture and Design 1890-1939.   The video begins with a look at some earlier Prairie houses Wright designed before creating his masterpiece -  the Robie house.   Toward the end of the video there is a room-by-room walk through the house.

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Background Information

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House was his most "consummate expression" of Prairie style

AD Classics: Frederick C. Robie House / Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright's Famed Robie House Completes Painstaking Restoration

The Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, is again a full-fledged architectural symphony (and open for tours) after a meticulous restoration

Wikipedia - Robie House

Frederick C. Robie House - Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

The Robie House of Frank Lloyd Wright by Joseph Connors - Book available through Madison Public Library

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Compiled by Bob Shaw - robert.e.shaw@gmail.com

May 2020

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