Have you ever wanted to explore one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous creations but never made the time? Even though Chicago is still on lockdown, now you can, thanks to these virtual tours.
Usually, the tours of his homes are offered in-person with a guide. But, since that isn’t possible, you can check out some of his beautiful architecture virtually. These YouTube videos allow you to peek into the interior of Frederick C. Robie’s house in Hyde Park, in addition to the Unity Temple and Wright’s Home and Studio located in Oak Park.
While it isn’t a 360-degree or VR experience you’ll be getting, the videos do a good job of covering the small details of Wright’s architectural designs. With slow-pan shots and narration, you’ll be able to notice the little details like stained glass windows or the interesting angles. Even if you have already been to the houses in-person, you might discover new intricate details that you might have missed.
Each of these buildings represents a different aspect of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Unity Temple is considered one of his greatest works and one of the first modern buildings. His use of single material reinforced concrete gives it a different aesthetic than seen at that time.
The Robie House
At the Robie House, included are video interviews from Tim Samuelson, a cultural historian located here in Chicago. He’s served as the board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and has unique insight into the Prairie style masterpiece and the life of the architect.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
And, at Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, it has been restored to its appearance in 1909, which was when Wright last lived there with his family. Through the videos, you can see where he spent 20 years of his life.
As Chicago’s only World Heritage sites, the Unity Temple and Robie House are worth taking a few minutes out of your day to check them out.
Featured Image Credit: Eric Allix Roge