Images by Morgan Dunn, Thomas A Heinz
Frank Lloyd Wright made prairie style homes, which included strong horizontal lines, appear to grow out of the ground, low pitched roof, overhang or gable roof, grouped windows, and wide open floor plans. His most famous prairie style homes in Illinois were the Robie House in Chicago, Willits House in Highland Park, Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, and The Winslow House in River Forest. “Over the next several years, Wright designed a series of residences and public buildings that became known as the leading examples of the “Prairie School” of architecture. These were single-story homes with low, pitched roofs and long rows of casement windows, employing only locally available materials and wood that was always unstained and unpainted, emphasizing its natural beauty. Wright’s most celebrated “Prairie School” buildings include the Robie House in Chicago and the Unity Temple in Oak Park. While such works made Wright a celebrity and his work became the subject of much acclaim in Europe, he remained relatively unknown outside of architectural circles in the United States. Wright gained such cultural primacy for good reason: he changed the way we build and live. Designing 1,114 architectural works of all types — 532 of which were realized — he created some of the most innovative spaces in the United States. With a career that spanned seven decades before his death in 1959, Wright’s visionary work cemented his place as the American Institute of Architects’ “greatest American architect of all time.”
Image by Morgan Dunn
Image by Morgan Dunn