Historic Washington Park • Meridian~Kessler
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August 12th, 2015
STYLE • Prairie


An indigenous American style developed by a group of creative architects in Chicago around the beginning of the 20th Century has come to be known as the Prairie Style. In Washington Park, the style is manifested mainly in its “Prairie Box” or “American Four Square” type. It usually has a low-pitched roof, usually hipped, with widely overhanging eaves; tow stories, with one-story wings or porches; eaves, cornices, and facade detailing emphasizing horizontal lines; often with massive, square porch supports.

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