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Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Prairie Houses

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
With the advent of Prairie style architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright embarked on a journey that would forever change the course of architecture. During this extraordinarily prolific period, roughly the first quarter of the twentieth century, Wright built the first great modern American houses. He cast aside many of the conventions of the past, opening up interior spaces so that there might be a more subtle flow of rooms. The plans for Prairie style architecture were based on a tartan plaid of main spaces and secondary spaces, of public rooms and circulation spaces. Their decentralized asymmetry did not follow the Beaux Arts insistence on a primary, often dominating, focal point—a vestige of its roots as a symbolic architecture for divine-right royalty. Following Wright's philosophy, Prairie design was emphatically democratic and non-hierarchical. Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses comprehensively demonstrates this philosophy. Focusing on interiors and details, the book features more than 70 Prairie style houses and other buildings, still extant, in lavish, full-color photography.

Baker & Taylor
Representing all of the master architect's seminal prairie structures, a photographic tour evaluates how he discarded many past conventions while utilizing open interiors and a decentralized asymmetry that reflected Wright's democratic philosophies. 10,000 first printing.

Book News
Published in an oversized format (10.25x10.25") to better display the images, this volume presents the 22 prairie houses built by Wright in the Chicago area, with many excellent color photos of each detailing the exterior and interior architecture and design details. The text consists of an essay by Hess, an architect and critic in California, on the prairie houses, and a selection of plans with brief descriptions compiled by Kathryn Smith, an architectural historian. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
This book focuses on the particular moment in Wright's career when he was experimenting with houses. Many of these residences are canonized as classic Wright. Other examples included here add a new level or depth to the study of the Prairie house movement. As Wright's work became more popular, he was commissioned to create prototypes of houses that anyone could afford and build. The warm and inviting photographs of these Prairie houses show the many aspects of style's national appeal.

Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2006.
ISBN: 9780847828586
Branch Call Number: 720.973 W94, H586fp
Characteristics: 275 p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Weintraub, Alan
Alternative Title: Prairie houses


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