Prairie Style

The 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago featured some of the grandest neoclassical buildings ever created, but they seemed too ornate and ostentatious to many of the city’s young, rising architects – among them, Frank Lloyd Wright. In reaction, Wright and other enterprising architects created the first authentic American design: the Prairie style.

Prairie homes are dominated by horizontal lines, which Wright felt made them uniquely American – echoing the open lands and huge lots on which many Prairie School homes were built. Prairie homes also commonly have low-pitched roofs, wide overhanging eves, porches and prominent square support pillars.

In this McCulloch Construction project in Eastmoreland, we removed a second-floor attic and rebuilt the entire existing 1½ story Ranch into a handsome Prairie style home.