Jeff Shannon, the former dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas, will give a talk, “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House: A New Perspective,” tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center. Shannon’s talk inaugurates the 2014-15 Architecture and Design Network’s lecture series.
More about Robie House:
Robie house, situated on the edge of the University of Chicago campus, was designed for 28-year-old Frederick Robie and his young family by Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1910, the house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has generally been acknowledged as the “ultimate expression of the Prairie house,” a form pioneered by the Wisconsin-born architect. In addition to designing the structure itself, Wright designed the home’s furnishings and elements of Mrs. Robie’s wardrobe. According to Shannon, most interpretations of the Robie home underestimate the influence of site and context on the design of the house, located on a 60 x 180 foot lot on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and South 58th Street, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Wright’s ability to deal with the challenges he faced “elicited one of the most creative and ingenious responses” of his career.
There’s a reception for Shannon, dean of the architecture school from 2000 to 2013, at 6:30 p.m. The free lecture starts at 6 p.m.