The name Frank Lloyd Wright is all but synonymous with the Prairie School style of architecture. A few years after he founded a practice in Oak Park in 1893, the iconic architect looked to move beyond the styles of old Europe and pioneered a new approach.
With what later would be called Prairie style was a striking design philosophy that tried to evoke the expansive Midwestern landscape by creating homes featuring open floor plans, lots of horizontal lines, flat roofs with overhanging eaves, and minimal ornamentation.
But Wright didn’t work in a vacuum. Soon a pioneering group of Midwestern architects—some of the associates of Wright or his mentor Louis Sullivan— adopted elements of the new style. Architects such as Dwight Perkins, William E. Drummond, and George Maher expanded upon the new palette of designs and would eventually be known as the Prairie School (though Wright himself referred to it as “The New School of the Middle West”).
For Prairie School fans looking for a tour of Chicago structures designed by architects not named Frank Lloyd Wright, we’ve mapped 10 of them.Read More