Chicago-Style Homes

Explore this distinct American architectural style pioneered by the iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
By: Angela Ringo

Midwestern Influence

Prairie School style, established at the turn of the 20th century, evolved from the Arts and Crafts Movement, which is known for its simple natural design approach. Frank Lloyd Wright was one the greatest proponents of this style, as he felt it echoed the flat prairie landscape of the Midwest. Photo by J. Miers

Expansive Architecture

Flat roofs and horizontal lines are key characteristics of Prairie School style. The interior primarily has an open plan, which reflects the expansive look of the architecture.

Horizontal Harmony

A low-pitched roof accentuates the broad look of this iconic design. Warm brick tones mimic the hues found in the surrounding landscape while the linear construction remains in harmony with the horizontal plan.

Nature-Inspired Colors

A neutral palette and warm mix of materials allow prairie-style homes to sit naturally in their surroundings. A low boxy shape exemplifies the iconic Midwestern style. Photo courtesy of Pradera Colorado Homes

Practical Roof

Broad overhanging eaves protect against inclement weather and enhance the overall Zen feel of this prairie design. A stone facade and wood details lend organic surface dimension that is echoed in the surroundings.

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