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The Prairie School
The Prairie School was a small group of architects dedicated to creating a new American architecture. Louis Henri Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright were the two primary influences. While Sullivan did not design residential homes (he was considered the father of the modern skyscraper), his philosophy of "form follows function" influenced young Frank Lloyd Wright and the other Prairie Style architects. Wright apprenticed six years with Sullivan and his influence can be seen in Wright's early work.

Frank Lloyd Wright is the most well-known Prairie Style architect. He and several others shared loft space in the Steinway Piano Company building in Chicago, Illinois, beginning in the 1890s. This shared space became a collaborative environment where the approach to architecture became uniquely American. They worked to develop a new architecture, independent of European influences. To Frank Lloyd Wright, architecture that simply copied European styles such as gothic, Greek, tudor, or others was ill-suited to the American Midwest. He took inspiration from the flat, straight lines of the horizon on the prairie. This translated into homes that sit low on the horizon, living in harmony with the environment. His final project in Chicago was the Robie House. He said it was the finest example he created of a Prairie Style home. link to one visitor's experience of the Robie House

Characteristics of Prairie Style
Prairie style homes are simplistic in their square design. Boxed shapes at varying heights and depths give the home a unique form. One of the characteristics that are most obvious with the Prairie style house plans are the shallow pitched hip roofs with large overhangs. The large overhangs protect the home's interior from direct sunlight; large casement windows however provide plenty of daylight for a comfortable interior. Brick and clapboard are the most common building materials. Other details: rows of casement windows; one-story porches with massive square supports; and stylized floral and circular geometric terra-cotta or masonry ornamentation around doors, windows, and cornices.

Prairie Style Architects
Frank Lloyd Wright
George Washington Maher
William Eugene Drummond
Walter Burley Griffin
William Gray Purcell
Richard Ernest Schmidt
Vernon Spencer Watson
Parker Noble Berry
George Grant Elmslie
Marion Lucy Mahony
Ebon Ezra Roberts
Robert Closson Spencer, Jr.
Thomas Eddy Tallmadge
Francis Barry Byrne
Hugh Mackie Gordon Garden
Dwight Heald Perkins
Harry Franklin Robinson
Francis C. Sullivan
John Shellette Van Bergen
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This wonderful Prairie Style design has character and charm to go with its efficient floor plan. Don't miss the generous bonus space in the basement as well as the well-zoned formal and family spaces.

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Bold, Creative, and Uniquely American, the Prairie Style House Plan Transformed the American Architectural Landscape

By: Rexy Legaspi
  Who would have thought that the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair would lead to the birth of the first original American architectural design - the Prairie home plan?   The World’s Fair was the perfect scenario to unveil new and innovative architecture. But the high expectations of young American architects were dashed when the Greco-Roman classic style continued to dominate. Although disappointed, these architects were inspired to break away from the European forms and express their independent spirit and creativity. Led by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, they seized the moment and introduced the Prairie style. Sullivan, Wright, Marion Mahony Griffin, Walter Burley Griffin and others referred to as “The Chicago Group” transformed the American home when they designed and built houses with open interior floor plans, low-pitched roofs, and overhanging eaves.   While many other architects built Prairie style homes, this house design is most closely associated with Wright, who grew up in the Midwest and was inspired by the wide, flat   Read more

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