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The Wright Idea

Since its construction, the Robie House has indeed been turning heads, as much out of controversy as admiration. It was the building Wright himself once called “the most ideal place in the world,” yet was once in danger of destruction. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, at the corner of 58th and Woodlawn, the home has long been a fixture in the Hyde Park community as a tourist attraction and architectural fascination, and it celebrates its centennial anniversary this year. The hubbub around the home, which is only one of hundreds designed by Wright throughout his prolific career, is notable. But the Robie House is more than just an architectural masterpiece–the story surrounding its South Side location is also the story of the man who designed it. The neighborhoods of Kenwood and Hyde Park shaped Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision as much as it shaped them.