When I visited a friend in Chicago last month, I couldn’t help but visit the Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece now owned by the University of Chicago. I first visited the Robie House as a freshman in high school on a trip to Chicago where my parents willingly took me to many of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings in and around Chicago. I loved Wright’s style and at that point in high school, I still wanted to be an architect and attend his architecture school in Arizona. I still think that would be something amazing to do.
This beautiful day in August, though, did not include a tour of the house, even though the restoration of the house was recently finished. I could not decide if I wanted to, because when I toured the inside years ago I couldn’t see all of its splendor. The home was still in the process of being returned to its original state after it had been converted to a dormitory, which absolutely breaks my heart when I think that someone thought it was a good idea to destroy Wright’s work. He built his houses with furniture intact, so that everything was the way it was supposed to be, whether you liked it or not.