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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 on prairie style homes. 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...
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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 on prairie style homes. 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 ever created of a Prairie Style home.

Features of Prairie Home Designs

Characteristics of prairie style homes include:

  • Simplistic square design
  • Boxed shapes at varying heights and depths, giving the home a unique form
  • Shallow-pitched hipped roofs with large overhangs that protect the home's interior from direct sunlight
  • Large casement windows that provide plenty of daylight for a comfortable interior
  • Siding most commonly of brick and clapboard.

Some other common 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.

Some popular prairie style architects include:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • George Washington
  • Maher William
  • Eugene Drummond
  • Walter Burley Griffin
  • William Gray Purcell
  • Richard Ernest Schmidt
  • Vernon Spencer Watson

Interested in prairie style house plans? Browse through our wide selection of homes, including modern prairie styles as well. Contact us if you have any questions before purchasing.

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Prairie Style Home Plans

Contemporary Prairie home with stone wainscot siding and gray lap siding on upper portions of walls.

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 on prairie style homes. 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 ever created of a Prairie Style home.

Features of Prairie Home Designs

Characteristics of prairie style homes include:

  • Simplistic square design
  • Boxed shapes at varying heights and depths, giving the home a unique form
  • Shallow-pitched hipped roofs with large overhangs that protect the home's interior from direct sunlight
  • Large casement windows that provide plenty of daylight for a comfortable interior
  • Siding most commonly of brick and clapboard.

Some other common 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.

Some popular prairie style architects include:

  • Frank Lloyd Wright
  • George Washington
  • Maher William
  • Eugene Drummond
  • Walter Burley Griffin
  • William Gray Purcell
  • Richard Ernest Schmidt
  • Vernon Spencer Watson

Interested in prairie style house plans? Browse through our wide selection of homes, including modern prairie styles as well. Contact us if you have any questions before purchasing.

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


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How America Was Inspired by the Chicago World's Fair and the "The Chicago Group"   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


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