Photo by Carol M. Highsmith
Wright’s Robie House is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century. Built for bicycle manufacturer Frederick Robie, it is one of Wright’s last and perhaps best Prairie Style houses. Brick piers and steel beams make up the framework upon which the building’s three tiers sit. The horizontality of the house is reinforced by the use of long, narrow bricks in the façade and the deep overhangs of its low-slung roof.