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Prairie architecture was to remind people of the flat plains of the Midwest.
PRAIRIE ARCHITECTURE. Designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Prairie Style featured a one or two story building with one-story wings. A low-pitched roof extends well beyond the wall to create a definite horizontal and low-to-the ground image.

Popular in the United States from 1900 to 1920, the style was intended to reflect the wide-open prairies of the Central Plains. Exterior walls are occasionally highlighted with dark strips of wood set against a stucco finish. Narrow ribbon windows placed in a horizontal row and occasionally continuing around corners maintained the long-and low impression. Chimneys are generally found at the axis of intersecting roof planes.