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Chicago was the birthplace of Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for a modern American way of living. Arriving in 1887, Wright would spend the first twenty years of his career working in the city and its suburbs. In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust offers a tour that travels to the Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio, as well as the Robie House.
This tour takes participants through the best of Wright’s Chicago with expert commentary on the life and work of America’s greatest architect. The tour will first travel to the historic suburb of Oak Park, where Wright established his legacy as a visionary architect. The area is home to the greatest concentration of Wright buildings in the world. Participants will explore Wright’s original home and studio, as well as the architect’s design laboratory, where Wright designed over 150 buildings including the Larkin Administration Building, Unity Temple, and the Frederick C. Robie House.
Departing Oak Park, the tour continues to Hyde Park for a tour of Wright’s Prairie masterpiece, the Robie House. Completed in 1910, the residence is the consummate expression of Wright’s Prairie style and a precursor of modernism in architecture. Unrelentingly horizontal in its elevation and a dynamic configuration of sliding planes in its plan, the Robie House is the most innovative and forward thinking of all Wright’s Prairie houses.
Tour will meet in the north lobby of The Cultural Center. The bus will load on Garland Avenue on the west side of the building.