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Prairie Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most prolific of American architects, created a unique architecture for the flowing prairies of the Midwest. From the horizontal expanse of the prairie came a fluidity of space and celebration of relationship between the built environment and the natural. Frank Lloyd Wright's “prairie style” derived its imagery and intention from the Midwestern horizon. Wright designed the location and orientation of each house to be situated uniquely. He organized the site, house, interiors, windows, lighting, furniture, textiles and murals to establish the horizontal line as a line of repose and shelter while allowing it to open to great prospect or view. In contrast to the Victorian decorated houses of the time, Wright designed low horizontal homes with overhanging eaves covering open terraces. His buildings were anchored on the prairie by a central hearth while the interior spaces stepped down and out to meet the expanse of the wide open horizon. Ribbon windows, windows set side by side in threes, fives, sevens, etc., opened interior rooms to long reaching views of sky and gardens and landscape. The Robie House, in south Chicago, expresses all of Wright’s Prairie House ideals. The ideas embedded in this house influenced architects and artisans over the course of 25 years who worked and shared similar ideas and desires in developing homes unique to America.

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