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Drawing of a 'prairie house'
1910 illustration by the architect of a "prairie house"

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The Houses of Frank Lloyd Wright
Many of Wright's masterpieces derive their unique look from his belief that architecture must fit into its natural surroundings. Wright felt that individuals -- and the buildings they occupy -- must exist in harmony with nature. As a Midwesterner, he was familiar with the flatlands of the Great Plains. Given the word, flatland, how do you think his houses looked?

Wright's houses are known for being long, horizontal, and usually one story tall -- in other words, fairly flat. They are called "prairie" houses, after the flat expanses of land between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.

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