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Prairie 1905 - 1930
Houses of the Prairie style are characterized by an overall horizontal
emphasis achieved by low proportions, low-pitched or flat roofs with
wide overhangs, banded casement windows, and low, massive chimneys.
Prairie houses are irregular in plan, two stories high, with one-story
wings. Siding is brick or stucco with stone or wood trim.
Prairie style was developed in Chicago by architect Frank Lloyd Wright
around the turn of the century. Wright disapproved of styles that were
revivals of earlier styles and designed buildings with horizontal
emphasis and an open simplicity that would relate to the flat, open
landscape of the Middle West. The Prairie style is most common in
Chicago, other parts of Illinois, and in surrounding states.
examples of the style are not common in Cincinnati. A local variation
that has Prairie elements is a two-story, box-like house with a
low-pitched hip roof and wide overhangs. These do not have the variation
in levels or the irregular plan of a Prairie style house.
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