Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
160 pages with 160 color photographs
Includes bibliography and index of houses
Photographs by James Caulfield
• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment
Size: 8.75 x 10 in.
One of America’s most influential architects, Louis Sullivan (1856–1924) strove to develop a purely American architectural vision; his ideas inspired his protégé Frank Lloyd Wright and other young Chicago architects to develop the Prairie school. Wright’s strongly horizontal designs now number among the most respected domestic buildings in the country. The designs of William E. Drummond, John S. Van Bergen, and Walter Burley Griffin had much in common with Wright’s, but other architects, such as George Washington Maher, Robert C. Spencer Jr., and Tallmadge & Watson, developed their own interpretations of the Prairie house. The houses conceived by these early 20th-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 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.