5 Details of Prairie Style Architecture

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Developed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie Style homes hold significant historical and architectural value.

Prairie Style Architecture:

But what defines the Prairie Style Architecture?


Strong horizontal lines, reflecting the vastness of the prairie landscape through long, low-pitched and often roofs, broad eaves, and bands of windows that stretch across the facade.

Horizontal  Emphasis


Expansive use of windows for natural light and stunning views; covered porches and terraces, connecting inhabitants with nature

Integration of nature


Such as wood, stone, and brick; exposed structural elements, such as decorative beams and rafters

Organic  Materials


Rooms are interconnected, often organized around a central fireplace or core, seamless transition between rooms promoting a sense of togetherness and functionality.

Open Floor Plans


Buildings stripped of almost all unnecessary elements, favoring sleek smooth lines to the gingerbread and scroll work of the past.

Lack of  Ornamentation

With their refusal to borrow from historical Roman and Greek architecture unlike the rest of contemporary architecture of the time, Prairie style architectures succeeded in creating something unique.

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