“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you!”…FLW and the Prairie Style.

“The Frank Lloyd Wrightgood building is no one

that hurts the landscape,

but one which makes the landscape

more beautiful than it was before the building was built.”

(Frank Lloyd Wright)

 

FLW Home and Studio

This is the exterior of Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park, Ill., which was built in 1889 as Wright’s family home and went through several renovations through 1898. This is the place where the famous architect developed “Prairie style”, a term deriving from his publication of “A Home in a Prairie Town”, designed for the Ladies’ Home Journal in 1901.

A Home in a Prairie Town

Prairie style houses usually have these features:

  • Low-pitched roof
  • Overhanging eaves
  • Horizontal lines
  • Central chimney
  • Open floor plan
  • Clerestory windows

Frank Lloyd Wright loved nature and believed that rooms in victorian homes were boxed-in and confining, so he transformed the American home with a new language. He began to design houses with low horizontal lines and open interior spaces that were meant to blend with the flat landscape around them, but he did not aspire simply to design a house, he wanted to create a complete environment, and he often dictated the details of the interior. He designed stained glass, fabrics, furniture, carpets and the accessories of the house.

Famous Prairie Houses by Frank Lloyd   Wright

William Winslow House

  • 1893: William Winslow Residence; River Forest, Illinois. This house has ornamentations in the fashion of Louis Sullivan, it also shows elements of the new Prairie style. The house is a symmetrical rectangle.

Frank W. Thomas House

  • 1901: Frank W. Thomas House; Oak Park, Illinois. Widely considered Wright’s first Prairie Style house in Oak Park.

Arthur Heurtley House

  • 1902: Arthur Heurtley House; Oak Park, Illinois. This low, compact house has variegated brickwork with vibrant color and rough texture.

Robie House

  • 1909: Robie House;  this Frank Lloyd Wright house in Chicago is considered Wright’s finest example of the Prairie style.

I really like Prairie style,  a style whose influence derives from the landscape and plant life of the Midwest prairies of the United States, and I hope to visit soon Oak Park, a green oasis of peace!!! 🙂

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