A few years ago, I had the chance to take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. The Robie House is located in Chicago on the campus of the University of Chicago and was actually donated to the university in 1963. Design was begun in 1908 and the house was ultimately completed, including interior finishes and furnishings, in 1911. It is considered one of the definitive works of Wright's Prairie style period. It was also one of the last homes he designed in that style.
The house is noted for its exaggerated horizontals - expressed through continuous concrete caps & bases, light-colored mortar joints, and extreme roof overhangs. In this case the cantilevered overhangs are supported by steel beams concealed within the overall roof structure.
In the late '90s, the university moved its operations out of the house and turned over the management of tours, fundraising, & restoration to the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. At the time of my tour, an extensive exterior restoration had recently been completed. A companion interior restoration is well underway, if not nearly complete or complete as well, that will return the home to the state it was in when it was initially completed.
The tour I went on was the standard guided tour of the first two levels of the home and interior photography was not permitted. I have collected a number of photos, both interior & exterior / new & historic, which you can view on my Pinterest page. The Preservation Trust also runs a Private Spaces Tour which gets you access to rooms not seen on the regular tour - including the third floor bedrooms. It appears that personal photography is even allowed on that tour. In addition to this, the Trust has a number of other tours, workshops, and events which can allow you to experience this unique home.
Despite its status as one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most iconic designs, I have found relatively few books about it. To date, I have only found three concise (thin) softcover titles.
I also found these two activities which allow children to explore the house in three dimensions.
Of course, the Frank Lloyd Wright marketing machine can't simply let it go at that - not when the designs can be applied to a variety of products! Here are a few...