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Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
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Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home

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Written by Patrick F. Cannon
Photographs by James Caulfield

Smyth-sewn casebound book, with jacket. 160 pages with 160 color photographs. Includes bibliography and index of houses.

Size: 8¾ x 10 in.

ISBN 9780764945953
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Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Louis H. Sullivan, one of America's most influential architects, strove to develop a purely American architectural vision, and his ideas led his student Frank Lloyd Wright, and Wright's contemporaries, to develop the Prairie School. Wright's strongly horizontal designs, with low-hipped or flat roofs, bands of art-glass windows, and open interior planning, now number among the most respected domestic buildings in the country. The designs of William Drummond, John Van Bergen, and Walter Burley Griffin had much in common with Wright's, but other architects, such as George W. Maher, Robert Spencer, and Tallmadge & Watson, developed their own interpretations of the Prairie house, adding such decorative elements as columns and mosaic fireplace surrounds, or favoring more conventional entrances with clearly defined rooms.

The Prairie style fell out of vogue largely before the onset of World War I, though John Van Bergen continued to build the houses into the 1920s, and Wright's famous Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin, was built in 1937. Recently there has been a Prairie revival in keeping with a renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts aesthetic. But the houses conceived by these early-twentieth-century architects stand as icons of American ingenuity.

Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home offers brief biographies of a dozen architects, with vivid and inviting color photographs of exteriors and interiors designed by each. The 160 photographs by James Caulfield offer a multi-home tour of exquisite taste, while succinct captions by Patrick F. Cannon draw our attention to the details of each home's construction and design.

About the AUTHOR
Patrick F. Cannon has had a long career as a publicist, journalist, and editor. He is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple: A Good Time Place , Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home, and Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, all published by Pomegranate.

About the PHOTOGRAPHER
James Caulfield has been a commercial and advertising photographer for more than twenty-five years. His studio is a state-of-the-art natural-light production facility in downtown Chicago. His work is also featured in the books Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple: A Good Time Place , Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home, and Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois