Past World Heritage Webinar

Live from Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Frederick C. Robie House. Research and Restoration at a Site Recently Inscribed on the World Heritage List

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This webinar took place October 15, 2020, 12 – 1 pm EDT

Frederick C. Robie House Living Room. Photo by James Caulfield.

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12 to 1 pm EDT

Completed in 1910, the house Wright designed for Frederick C. Robie is the consummate expression of his Prairie style. The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust recently completed a comprehensive restoration of the building, revealing Wright’s extraordinary original vision. The visit will be hosted by the architect who led the work and the architectural historian who served as Scholar-in-Residence in 2003.

Kathryn Smith provided the history of the commission and explained why the Robie House became “the cornerstone of modernism” influencing the early development of “modern architecture” in Europe in the first half of the 1900s. Gunny Harboe walked viewers through the architecture and explained some of the critical processes and details that went into the recently completed restoration work.


Kathryn Smith is an architecture historian, preservation consultant, and lecturer. She is the author of numerous books, including Frank Lloyd Wright: Hollyhock House & Olive Hill and Wright on Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Exhibitions, and a contributor to Frank Lloyd Wright: The Houses and Frank Lloyd Wright: Prairie Houses. She prepared the Historian’s Reports for planning studies for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Barnsdall House, Florida Southern College, and Darwin D. Martin’s Graycliff. She was an advisor on Taliesin and Taliesin West.


T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, is a historic architect and adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology who gained a national reputation for his award-winning work on the Rookery and Reliance Buildings. Over the past 30 years, he has worked on many projects by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe including: Taliesin West, Unity Temple, Crown Hall, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive, and Carr Chapel. He is also the current President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage (ISC20C), a World Heritage USA Fellow, and a founding member of Docomomo US.


Peyton Hall, FAIA, Moderator and World Heritage USA trustee, is a historic architect and professor at the University of Southern California. Peyton’s work on Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties includes studies and restoration projects at the Barnsdall House, Ennis House, and Samuel and Harriet Freeman House. He also initiated the annual Taliesin Colloquium on the practice of historic architecture for the Historic Resources Committee of the American Institute of Architects.


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