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Group of architects in the Mid-West USA inspired by Sullivan and led by Frank Lloyd Wright, active c. 1890–1920: it included Elmslie, Griffin, Purcell, and others. The term was coined around 1914, but was not widely accepted until the 1960s, when The Prairie School Review (1964–76) appeared, a magazine devoted to the works of Prairie School architects. The long, low, horizontal character of their domestic buildings was seen to derive from the broad, level prairie. See prairie style.

H. Brooks (1972, 1984);Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, xix/1 (Mar. 1960), 2–10, and xxv/2 (May 1966), 115–18;Spencer (ed.) (1979)

Subjects: Architecture — Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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