Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Bulley & Andrews is proud to serve as construction manager for the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Federick C. Robie House. Completed in 1910 and located on The University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus, the Prairie-style home is considered by many to be the “cornerstone of modern architecture”.
The landmark building had been plagued by issues including a leaky roof, termite damage and deteriorating mortar, which collectively contributed to a significant amount of damage. To restore the home to its original grandeur, the University leased the property to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust who, in turn, developed a multi-phased plan for the structure’s rehabilitation.
Renowned for historic restoration expertise, B&A was hired to complete the necessary work. Phase I focused on the exterior restoration, including restoring the clay tile roof, repairing and replacing the existing roof structure and the underpinnings of the side porches, replacing load-bearing steel beams, and re-pointing and repairing the exterior brick façade. Phase II addressed the restoration of the prow while phase III focused on the interior including the kitchen and service wing, dining room and guest bedroom and bath and phase IV focused on masonry repairs. The final phase (V) involved a 14-month interior restoration including plaster and woodwork, flooring and select leaded glass windows.