Prairie Style

Prairie Style

Prairie Style (1900-1920)

“Democracy needed something basically better than the box.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

Around the 1900?s a group of Chicago architects developed a distinct mid-western residential style known as the Prairie Style. They rejected the currently popular revivals of historic styles, to create buildings that harmonized with the Midwestern prairie.

Many architects consider examples of Prairie Style to be the first truly modern architectural design. The most acknowledged architect of this style was Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Wright believed, ?that a design drew its beauty from within — from its own structure — rather than from applied decoration.? Wright created the idea of “organic architecture.” The main principle of this belief is that the building should develop out of its natural surroundings.

Many Identifying features of a Prairie Style:

? Low, horizontal silhouette
? Wide overhanging eaves extending from the main house that emphasize horizontal lines
? Broad, low-pitched roof
? Huge square porch supports
? Walls of light-colored brick or stucco and wood
? Rows of small casement

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