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The Prairie School: Design Vision for the Midwest

Vol. 21, no. 2
Fall 1995
In print
Softcover $15.95
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Emerging in Chicago around 1900, the Prairie School was an architectural movement inspired by the flat, expansive landscape of the Midwest. This special issue serves as a fine introduction to this widely influential movement. Featured are superb works by Prairie School architects and designers, including furniture, decorative arts, drawings, building fragments, and rare books and documents. Informative entries discuss objects in the museum's departments of architecture and American arts, as well as in its Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. Also included are essays on Frank Lloyd Wright, the guiding master of the Prairie School, and architect Marion Mahony Griffin as well as an introduction by historian Robert Twombly.

Art Institute of Chicago, 1995 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 112 pages; 104 illustrations 
Softcover ISBN 0-86559-141-5