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Wright's Prairie Style Architecture
A look at the Prairie style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
# 36311 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Architecture (Modern)

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This paper describes the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and looks at his Robie House as the most dramatic expression of his conviction that architecture must be inseparable from nature. The paper notes the features of Wright's style and asserts that with every passing decade, Wright's conception of the house as a sanctuary at once protective and open, comforting but challenging, rooted in its place and yet universal, seems more and more the epitome of mankind's intelligent response to nature.

From the Paper:

"Frank L. Wright was born in 1867, just two years after the Civil War ended, lived a long and productive life as an architect, developing several distinct styles and breaking new ground up until his death in 1959. From the start, he felt hemmed in by the traditional, turn-of-the-century homes still found today in most U.S. suburbs, which he called "ornamental boxes." So he "exploded the box." Instead of a square, for example, his sleek, horizontal Ward Willits House of 1903 - displayed in photos, drawings and with a model - is shaped like a cross, built around a massive fireplace (for Wright, the symbolic center of family life). Its construction with natural woods, stucco and colors ties it to its flat, Midwestern surroundings. (Filler 1994)
"Even today, nearly a century later, this Prairie Style look appears strikingly modern. It's hard to imagine that many of the detailed, hand-inked drawings by Wright on display in the first half of the exhibit were done back when the Wright brothers were experimenting with flight and the automobile was still a novelty. But perhaps even more astounding are the plans for Wright's later works - many of which were never built."

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