Frank Lloyd Wright designed a lot of very cool buildings. Like every other architect, he’s had his ups and downs. Many of his buildings have been torn down and The Robie House in Chicago was twice threatened with demolition itself. Many of Wright’s clients were rich when he worked for them, but then ran into hard times soon after. Mr Robie lived in the Robie house for all of 15 months.
The Robie House was only used as a private home for a few years. Then it was used as office space and a dining hall for college kids. But at least it was used, which is more than can be said for many Wright houses that sat vacant and abandoned for years. It’s now part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.
Wright liked to make each of his buildings unique, so that each one had a distinctive set of patterns. Chairs and wallpaper and carpets and lead glass art windows each had patterns that were only used once. Some of these patterns are clearly inspired by nature and some are pure geometric designs. Our Guide at the Robie House said no one knows what the pattern used in the Robie House might represent. Having looked at the pattern for a few minutes, I have an idea as to what it might be.
I think it’s a well. The top has elements of a roof. The center colored element looks like a bucket with a line leading to the roof. The colored bar under the bucket looks like a well shaft.
The images here were captured with my Olympus E-1 and processed in Lightroom and Photomatix 5.