The next stop on the tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School of Architecture Historic District, located in and around the northeastern Illinois suburbs of Chicago, finds two more prairie-inspired buildings.
The Robie House
The first is the Frederick C. Robie House, which was built in 1908 in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Largely considered one of Wright's masterpieces, the Robie House boasts simple, horizontal lines that sweep across the property, rows of art glass that wrap around it, and large, overhanging roofs that make it a distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright design. Inside, all the classic prairie features are found: an open floor plan, central fireplace, etc.
The Robie family lived in the house for less than two years before moving out and other tenants moved in. By the 1930s the building was sold to a seminary and survived threats of demolition in the late '50s to become the historic property it is today.
The Gale House
The second house is the Laura Gale House, wife of a prominent realtor of the time. In 1909, Mrs. Gale commissioned Wright to design and build this now historic residence, which remains today one of Wright's most unusual designs, but Prairie at heart. With the use of these bold, geometrical shapes, Wright may have started the trend that spread to European design and Wright's own later works.
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