Robie House nominated for UNESCO World Heritage List

By Eileen Li

The Robie House, a National Historic Landmark designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was nominated last Friday to be on the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List.

The nomination, submitted by the Interior Department to the United Nations, will likely be considered in the summer of 2016. Nine other buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from throughout the United States will also be part of the nomination, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. If the nomination is approved, the buildings would be the first examples of American modern architecture on the World Heritage List.

Designed by Wright between 1908 and 1910 for Chicago businessman Frederick C. Robie, Robie House is considered to be representative of the Prairie house style. Inspired by the American Midwest, Prairie-style houses often contain strong exterior horizontal lines, natural materials, and art glass windows.

The World Heritage List, created by UNESCO, recognizes many of the world’s famous wonders. It currently contains over one thousand sites, including national parks, ancient monuments, and much more from around the world.