Jan. 22, 1998
Vol. 17, No. 8

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    Robie House stamp honors Wright's contributions

    A new U.S. postal stamp featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House will be available at post offices across the country on Feb. 4 as part of a series of stamps that will honor important people and events of the 20th century.

    At a ceremony at Robie House last week, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled the new stamp and recognized two Laboratory Schools students who won a contest, sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation, to design the corresponding Robie House cancellation stamp. The winning designs, chosen from among 200 entries submitted by students in Hyde Park schools, were created by third-grader Anne Wildman and eighth-grader Walker Thisted. The designs are on display at Robie House.

    Widely recognized as America's most famous architect, Wright made significant contributions to modern architecture during his prolific 70-year career. Completed in 1910, Robie House epitomizes Wright's signature Prairie style, featuring sweeping horizontal planes and a low-pitched roof cantilevered dramatically beyond the walls, and a lightness and transparency provided by 174 art-glass windows and doors.

    The Robie House stamp is the eighth of 30 stamps to be unveiled over 30 consecutive days as part of the Postal Service's Celebrate the Century program. The 30 stamps commemorate the first two decades of the century.