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Prairie Style: Houses and Gardens by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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Dixie Legler is an authority on Frank Lloyd Wright and his Midwest collaborators and the author of the forthcoming book Frank Lloyd Wright: The Western Work. She was previously public relations director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Minneapolis photographer Christian Korab specializes in architecture and historic interiors. His previous books, featuring his work and that of his famous father, Balthazar Korab, include The Genius of Frank Lloyd Wright: Oak Park.

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-It was a new look for a new century. Low, ground-hugging houses with refreshingly spacious interiors under sweeping roofs, leading to terraces reaching out to nature, all dressed in the colors of the prairie in autumn and simplified with built-in furniture. A group of idealistic young architects in Chicago, led by Frank Lloyd Wright, had succeeded in their quiet revolt against the fussiness of Victorian houses. Gazing toward the horizon, they saw the prairie as the perfect metaphor for redefining the American home.

-"Prairie Style" opens the doors into three dozen of the astonishingly new houses, gardens, and entire communities brought about by this revolutionary band. Here are Wright's first great Prairie houses and a handful of other Wright classics that clearly show why he is one of the most revered architects of modern times. And, finally giving due attention to Wright's Prairie School colleagues-among them Louis Sullivan, Purcell and Elmslie, Walter Burley Griffin, and Marion Mahony-author Dixie Legler takes us inside their own exemplary houses, which responded to a more relaxed style of living with the same serene simplicity that has made Wright's own work such a favorite around the world. These sheltering Prairie-style houses, beautifully captured in Christian Korab's all-new color photographs, inspired generations of homes to come and changed the shape of suburban America.

-Prairie School Designers brought nature right up to the door-and sometimes inside-as the book's select crop of gardens illustrates. The Prairie vision extended even further, to whole communities. Prairie Style visits four of these comfortable neighborhoods, including one just now rising from the prairie, where houses join with the landscape to prove the satisfactions of living in harmony with nature. Attention-getting in 1900, the Prairie style produced a time-less way of building as inviting today as it was a century ago. "Prairie houses," says Legler, "speak to something deep within all of us: rooted in the land, they fill our need to put down roots."

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; First Edition (US) First Printing edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556709319
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers more than just Wright. It also gives you some insight to others that came out of the Prairie School and others that were redefining the American style near the turn of the century. The book has wonderful pictures, but as an architect, I wish it had floor plans so I could more easily understand how the spaces worked together. It's still a nice addition to my library.
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The great thing about the Prairie Style is that elements of it can fit into so many different other types of designs and times. Even though I have a very modern, contemporary home, I got plenty of ideas from this beautiful book. Contains loads of beautiful pictures of home interiors by Wright & his followers.
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This book varies from most books on Wright and the prairie style architects in its extensive use of interior photos. Many of the prairie homes are somewhat unremarkable from the outside, while inside they have a distict beauty and grace. "Prairie Style" beautifully portrays the interior as well as the exterior of homes by Wright, his students, and contemporaries.
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Notwithstanding an earlier commenter's opinion that none of the other prairie school architects hold a candle to Wright, so why bother showing them (a laughable proposition once you become aware of how much Wright claimed credit for work done by assistants like Mahoney), this book is really an anthology of images of prairie school homes rather than a Wright compendium and ought to have been clearly labelled as such. Having visited the Darwin Martin house in Buffalo recently, I can tell you that while I enjoy Wright's style this book presents some rarely seen treasures like Spencer's McCready house or Sullivan and Elmslie's Bradley house which stand with (or above) any given Wright house. Once you liberate yourself from the Wright mystique you'll crave more hard-to-find information on the works of the rest of the Prairie school, and this book is an excellent showcase of the variety of their work.
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Prairie style architecture is one of the most American of the house styles, it is quenticential Frank Lloyd Wright. I did not always appreciate the style, I watched as they demolished many in Dallas and did not shead a tear, but after really looking at these homes and admiring the unique style, I lement the loss of those homes and I have a new appreciation of these fine homes. This book is wonderful, it has vivid images and the text is very informative. It is fascinating how Wright perfectly merged the house into the Gardens and how perfectly the two interact. Even if you are not sold on the beauty of the Prairie Style, I encourage you to get this book, you will come away with a new appreciation of this singular style and you may actually find yourself wanting one.
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