Prairie Style or Craftsman?

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The Kern House in Mansfield, OH was designed in 1910 by local architect Vernon Redding.

Largely the creation of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Prairie Style was a variation of the Craftsman style that emphasized horizontal lines and featured flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, and restrained use of ornament (by comparison with the Victorian styles that preceded it). The Kern house is Prairie style.

The detailing of Prairie style houses is typically Craftsman in character, as on this example. Some architectural style names are somewhat flexible in their application. Houses of the early 20th century often fall into this territory. While the specific name used may not be critical, understanding what the character defining features of the group of styles is if you are planning a restoration project.

Prairie and Craftsman are two of the 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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