Prairie Style Home

1893-1920

About this home style

Frank Lloyd Wright transformed the American home when he began to design the "Prairie" style with low horizontal lines and open interior spaces. These homes were designed during the Great Depression therefore they were designed to be more simple like the time period was. Wright believed that rooms in Victorian style homes were boxed-in, confining and too flashy. The first prairie homes were usually plaster with wood trim or sided with horizontal board and batten. Later, prairie homes used concrete block. He started to design houses with more open interior spaces, often divided by leaded glass panels. Furniture was either built in or specially designed.

Features of this home style

* low pitched roof

* overhanging eaves

* horizontal lines

* central chimney

* open floor plan

* clerestory windows

A Prairie-style home with an expansive Elmhurst yard