Prairie style

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Prairie style. Architectural style which evolved in the Mid-West USA. It was named after a design of Frank Lloyd Wright published in The Ladies' Home Journal (1901). Typical of it are Wright's Robie House, Chicago, IL (1909), and Greene & Greene's Gamble House, Pasadena, CA (1908–9). It was characterized by low-pitched roofs with very wide overhanging eaves, a strongly emphasized horizontality, large hearths separating parts of the living-area, and the use of traditional materials. Jensen is held by some to have evolved a Prairie style of landscape design. See prairie school.


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Legler (1999);
C. Lind (1994);
Spencer (ed.)(1979)