Living in a welcoming home in an enchanting setting is the American dream. You may have plans for country houses after seeing TV shows about family life. The rich history of prairie style houses makes it a modern delight.
Originally, prairie homes were built in the early 1900s by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He designed meadow houses to blend in with the flatter meadow landscape. The houses took their name after 1901 when Wright's plan entitled "A House in a Prairie City" in the Ladies Home Journal.
The original meadow houses were made of plaster with wood paneling. Some prairie style houses were lined with slats and horizontal planks. Now, meadow style homes use concrete blocks. They can be square, T-shaped, Y-shaped, L-shaped or reel-shaped.
Meadow house plans usually include some features. A prairie-style house is characterized by its sloping roof, horizontal lines, overhanging eaves, central fireplace, clerical windows and open plan. Wright designed meadow houses because he felt that parts of Victorian homes were confined and recessed. Leaded glass panels often divide the rooms for a more open feeling of space.
Many consider home Frederic C. Robie as the best example of Frank Lloyd Wright meadow style. The Frederic C. Robie House was built in Chicago in 1909. The Frank W. Thomas House of Oak Park, in Illinois, is considered Wright's first home in the meadows. actually used Japanese architecture. Flowing interior areas and long striped windows create geometric shapes and patterns. The low design is intended to integrate directly into the surrounding landscapes. Wright thought that houses must exist in harmony with nature. The floor plans of the Prairie House are designed so as not to encroach on the landscapes that surround them.
The prairie homes were the first style of American architecture seriously considered in Europe. This attractive home design remains popular throughout the United States. Incredibly, Wright has never even attended an architecture school. Wright's early days in the land worked on his uncle's farm as a child.
Wright had a 70-year career and eventually designed 1,141 buildings of all kinds. Of all these designs, 532 have been completed and 409 are now. Wright realized how remarkable his work was and said: "The doctor can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines."
The square American style is also known as the Prairie Box. In 1936, Wright designed a simplified version of the prairie style houses called Usonian. A modern meadow style home is a luxury oasis nestled in lush landscapes.