Exploring the Prairie House Style

prairie house style
prairie house style
prairie house style

Are you looking for a new house style for your new project? Perhaps you should consider the Prairie house style

There are two styles of the Prairie house design. These two kinds are boxy style and low-slung style. Boxy Prairie styles are symmetrical while the low-slung is balanced. The most important thing about the Prairie house design is its characteristic open floor plan design. Houses with open floor plans normally have a single room which is both a living room and kitchen. 

Prairie Houses started to emerge from 1900, championed by a number of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. These architects created the Arts and Crafts movement with an emphasis on nature, craftsmanship, and simplicity.

The Prairie movement’s main aim was to establish non-derivative architectural theories into the American architectural psyche. They also employed modern elements like flat planes and stylized ornamentation.

Prairie houses focus on the horizontal rather than the vertical. They spread out over their lots, featuring flat or shallow hipped roof lines, bands of stone, overhanging eaves and rows of windows. Prairie houses are built with thin Roman bricks which intensify the effect and cantilevers which extend the horizontal line without vertical support. 

Characteristics and Features of Prairie Buildings:

  • Interior wood banding
  • Open, asymmetric floor plans
  • Brick or stucco exteriors
  • Applied ornamentation
  • Motif exploration like wood carving, plaster, art glass, and other elements.

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  • Top American House Styles & Designs (1800 to 2019) – meqasa blog
    20 February, 2019 09:11

    […] The Prairie house style is an American house style that emerged in Chicago around 1900 from the work of a group of young architects. The style reached its fullest expression in residences, like Wright’s Robie House and George W. Maher’s Pleasant Home, but schools, warehouses and park buildings were also built in the style. Chicago is especially rich in examples: the suburb of Oak Park has the highest concentration of Prairie style buildings in the United States. […]

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