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Prairie Inspiration: Frank Lloyd Wright and House Architecture

Program Number: 20653RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2014 - 6/19/2014;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Springfield, Illinois
Price starting at: $799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Find your passion for American residential architecture and the evolving housing styles of our nation as you trace the influence of the prairie and the man given the most credit for the prairie school of architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright. Visit early homes in country and urban settings, including a classic Greek Revival home occupied by a future U.S. president; one of the most “complete” examples of Prairie-style home and furnishings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; a Usonian-inspired contemporary ranch home; and a real Sears “kit” house. Gain insight from architects, archaeologists and historians to better understand how immigration, culture and the landscapes of the Midwest influenced American housing.


• Venture out on the prairie to visit stone and log houses and see how the homes of early settlers were influenced by the landscape and their cultures.
• Explore the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House and learn details about the art, glass, furnishings and sculptures inside.
• Delve into the life of Susan Lawrence Dana, who commissioned a young Chicago architect to “remodel” her home in 1904.

Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Date Specific Information


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Coordinated by Lincoln Land Community College.

Springfield (Illinois)

The capital city of Illinois, Springfield welcomes more than 1 million visitors each year, many of whom come to explore the historic sites connected to Abraham Lincoln, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home and Neighborhood, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices, Lincoln Tomb, and Lincoln’s New Salem.

Comfortable downtown hotel within walking distance of historic sites and businesses.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Hotel
  Springfield, IL 4 nights
 Hilton Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Highlights •HHonors Reward Category: 4 •Striking 30-story tower, located in the historic downtown area of Springfield •Excellent central location, minutes from many popular Springfield attractions •Heated indoor swimming pool and Precor© by Hilton fitness center •Retire to the Pinnacle Club and watch the city lights glimmer from 30 stories high in our Springfield, IL hotel. •Three restaurants and two bars and the only Starbucks in downtown Springfield
  Contact info: 700 East Adams Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1601 USA
phone: 217-789-1530
  Room amenities: Accommodations start with a view of downtown from our king and queen/queen rooms with premium bedding and name brand bath amenities. Work easier with two dual-line phones, an oversized desk and ergonomic leather chair. Stay entertained with the MP3 clock radio, 32-inch flat screen HDTV with expanded cable channels and video games. Other amenities include a safe, digital thermostat, coffeemaker and high-speed Internet access. You must request a refrigerator in the room if it is required as they are limited. You must request an accessible room in advance if it is required and we will check with the hotel on availability as those rooms are limited in number.
  Facility amenities: For Your Comfort and Convenience •Automated Teller (ATM) •Baggage Storage •Barber Shop •Beauty Salon •Clothing Store •Concierge Desk •Elevators •Florist •Gift Shop •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Fitness and Recreation Convenience •Fitness Room •Pool For Your Business Convenience •Business Center •Fax •Notary Public •Photo Copying Service •Printer
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights as available by contacting the hotel directly and mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $119.00 plus tax Additional nights as available by contacting the hotel directly and mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 PM at hotel in Springfield, IL. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
10:30am at hotel in Springfield, IL. You will be staying at Hilton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Valid photo ID such as driver's license suggested.
  Parking availability:
Take a ticket at the garage entrance but disregard it after you check in. From the garage, go to the lobby level to check in at the front desk and get a parking pass. Show this pass to the attendant anytime you exit the garage for free parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Springfield, IL
  Nearest city or town:  Springfield, Illinois
  Nearest highway: I-55 (north/south) and I-72 (east/west)
  Nearest airport:  Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI)
  From End of Program
  Location: Springfield, IL
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

St. Louis, MO


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Smart Van
phone: 877-277-6278
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$60, each additional person $35
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour and thirty minutes 




100 miles


Hours: 24/7, must make arrangements 3 days in advance, local number 217-529-4806. You will be contacted with the pickup time and terminal location by Smart Van 1-2 days before travel.


St. Louis, MO


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
BART Transportation
phone: 800-284-2278
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$58, each additional person $48
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1 hour 30 minutes 




100 miles


Available 24/7, must make arrangements 3 days in advance, 217-789-7920 local number. BART will notify you of the pickup time at the airport terminal and estimate the arrival time to accommodations a day or 2 prior to travel.


Springfield, IL


From Airport




Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-0709
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10-15 minutes 




5 miles


The hotel provides a shuttle to and from the airport and is arranged with the front desk/bell stand. Guests need to call beforehand and tell a front desk/bell stand employee their schedule. The bell stand staff will pick them up in a Hilton van. There is always a bellman at the hotel from 7am to 11pm. Please call them with delays or cancellations to alert the hotel so they don’t send a bellman out to a guest who is not there.


Springfield, IL


From Train Station




Hotel Shuttle
Hilton Springfield Hotel
phone: 217-789-0709
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


5 minutes 




5 blocks


The hotel does provide a shuttle to and from the train station and is arranged with the front desk/bell stand. Guests need to call beforehand and tell a front desk/bell stand employee their schedule. The bell stand staff will pick them up in a Hilton van. There is always a bellman at the hotel from 7am to 11pm. Please call them with delays or cancellations to alert the hotel so they don’t send a bellman out to a guest who is not there.

Driving Directions
  From Interstate 55 to the Hilton Springfield Hotel The Hilton Springfield is located in downtown Springfield, across the street from Prairie Capital Convention Center. From U.S. Interstate Highway 55 South and Interstate Highway 72 use exit 98B for Clearlake Avenue and drive west to 9th Street and turn left. Drive south to Adams Street and turn right. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. From Interstate Highway 55 North: Take the 6th Street exit to Monroe Street in downtown Springfield. Turn right (east) and go two blocks to 8th Street and turn left. The Hotel is located at 700 East Adams St. on the left side before 7th Street. The hotel is 30 stories tall and distinctive in design and stands out among downtown buildings. There is a circle drive to pull into the hotel for unloading bags. The parking garage is around the block off of 7th Street or Monroe Street and you can get directions to it from the hotel staff.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, June 15)

Note: At hotel

 Arrive To: Hotel check-in after 3 PM. "Meet and greet" participants and program coordinator at 5 PM.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Introduction and overview of program materials by Road Scholar coordinator and distribute listening devices. Discuss program themes and goals with a guest speaker.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Theme: Prairie Landscape and Early House Architecture
(Monday, June 16)

Note: Day on the motor coach.

 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel.
 Morning: Explore Lincoln Memorial Garden Ostermeier Prairie Center and see the natural environment of the area as it existed in the 1800s with site staff. Visit an early stone house and structures nearby and experience a hands-on session with period appropriate tools with local historians and preservationists. Enjoy a narrated bus ride out of Springfield to lunch and Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant or catered.
 Afternoon: Walk through Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site and village to see and discuss "Early Construction Techniques from Archeology and Preservation" with site interpretive staff and local historian/archeologist. In Springfield, tour the Lincoln Home (1835/1855) and visit the Arnold House exhibit on archeology and preservation of mid-1800 homes with Lincoln Home staff.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Presentation, "Summary Overview of 18-20th Century Architecture and the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition" with Anthony Rubano, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Theme: Frank Lloyd Wright - Champion of the Prairie
(Tuesday, June 17)

Note: Walking day

 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Illustrated lecture on "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man and Emergence of Prairie School of Architecture" by Larry Betz, Dana-Thomas House docent. Learn about "Furniture Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright" by Frank Marchant, Dana-Thomas House docent.
 Lunch: Restaurant downtown or box lunch.
 Afternoon: Lecture on "Sculpture and Richard Bock" by Dr. Sharon Grimes, Curator and Director of the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum. Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright designed art glass, Japanese prints and pottery.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Presentation on Susan Lawrence Dana who commissioned a fresh young Chicago architect to “remodel” her home in 1904.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Theme: House Architecture Style
(Wednesday, June 18)

Note: Motor Coach Day

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel, starts serving at 7 a.m.
 Morning: We will start the day with a lecture, "Introduction to the Dana Thomas-House: Its Ownership and Restoration," by the Site Manager and then tour the Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece considered to be one of most “complete” of his early “Prairie” houses and contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture and furnishings. The guided tour will take us through 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch and talk on "Usonian, Sears"kit" and Bungalow Houses."
 Afternoon: Tour of a Usonian-inspired home and visit a Sears “Kit” house and a Bungalow.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a musical program by a local performer.
Accommodations: Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, June 19)

Note: At hotel.

 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel, starts serving at 7 a.m
 Morning: View "Frank Lloyd Wright (Mike Wallace Interviews)," followed by a Q&A and discussion on “What Wright Saw and Encouraged: The Prairie and its Role in House Architecture,” with Anthony Rubano, Project Designer, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Program ends at 10:30 am.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
  Springfield, IL FREE TIME
Free time is very limited during the week. Arrive early or stay longer to see the sites listed in this section.
  Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Dedicated to the life and legacy of our 16th President, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum brings together the world’s largest collection of documentary material related to the life of Abraham Lincoln. The museum, unlike any other in the U.S., features hi-tech exhibits, interactive displays, and multimedia programs. For additional information, visit
  Old State Capitol
Abraham Lincoln worked as a lawyer and politician in the historic Old State Capitol and tried several hundred cases in the Supreme Court, borrowed books from the state library, and read and swapped stories with other lawyers and politicians in the law library. “A house divided against itself cannot stand...” These immortal words were spoken by Abraham Lincoln in the historic Old State Capitol Hall of Representatives in the turbulent days preceding the Civil War. For additional information, visit
  Lincoln's Tomb
Dedicated in 1874, Lincoln Tomb is the final resting place of Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and three of their four sons, Edward, William, and Thomas. The Oak Ridge Cemetery public receiving vault, the scene of President Lincoln’s funeral, is located at the base of a hill north of the Tomb. For additional information, visit
  Lincoln-Herndon Law Office
The Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices are within the only remaining building in which Abraham Lincoln maintained a law office. For additional information, visit
  Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport
Airport information including flight schedules and ground transporation. For additional information, visit
  Lincoln Land Community College
Program provider. The campus is located on the Southeastern side of Springfield and adjacent to the University of Illinois, Springfield. For additional information, visit
  Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau
Great starting place to explore Springfield. Information about the "Looking for Lincoln" sites, state capital museums, and historic sites. For additional information, visit
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography

Author: Meryle Secrest

Description: Paperback: 652 pages Meryle Secrest's Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography focuses on Wright's family history, personal adventures and colorful friends and family. Secrest had unprecedented access to an archive of over one hundred thousand of Wright's letters, photographs, drawings and books. She also interviewed surviving devotees, students and relatives. The result is an explicit portrait of both the genius architect and the provocative con-man.

My Father, Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: John Lloyd Wright

Description: Paperback: 189 pages In this charming memoir, Wright the architect and father comes to life through the vivid recollections and firsthand knowledge of his son. John Lloyd Wright characterizes his father as "a rebel, a jolt to civilization, whose romantic theme - purposive planning, and organic unity in inventing and combining forms - is an epoch in the architecture of the world." His unique view of that epoch will intrigue architects, students and all who admire the work of this visionary and uncompromising spirit. Frank Lloyd Wright is widely regarded as the twentieth century's greatest architect - an unconventional genius who transformed both residential and commercial building design with his concept of "organic" architecture. During a long and productive life, Wright designed some 800 buildings, received scores of honors and awards, and left an indelible imprint on modern architectural theory and practice. This book description is from

Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life

Author: Ada Louise Huxtable

Description: Paperback: 272 pages Renowned architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable’s biography Frank Lloyd Wright looks at the architect and the man, from his tumultuous personal life to his long career as a master builder. Along the way she introduces Wright’s masterpieces. From the tranquil Fallingwater to Taliesin, rebuilt after tragedy and murder, not only exploring the mind of the man who drew the blueprints but also delving into the very heart of the medium, which he changed forever.

Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture

Author: Robert Twombly

Description: Paperback: 464 pages A complete biography based on a wide range of previously untapped primary sources, covering Wright's private life, architecture and role in American society, culture, and politics. Views Wright's buildings as biographical as well as social statements, analyzing his work by type, category and individual structure. Examines Wright's struggle to develop a new artistic statement, his dramatic personal life, and his political and economic ideas, including those on cities, energy conservation, cooperative home building and environmental preservation. Includes over 150 illustrations (photographs, floor plans, and drawings--many never before published), extensive footnotes and the most exhaustive bibliography of Wright's published work available.

Many Masks: A Life of Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Brendan Gill

Description: Paperback: 544 pages Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is often described as the greatest of American architects. His works, among them Taliesin North, Taliesin West, Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax buildings, the Guggenheim Museum, earned him a good measure of his fame, but his flamboyant personal life earned him the rest. Here Brendan Gill, a personal friend of Wright and his family, gives us not only the fullest, fairest, and most entertaining account of Wright to date, but also strips away the many masks the architect tirelessly constructed to fascinate his admirers and mislead his detractors. Enriched by hitherto unpublished letters and 300 photographs and drawings, this definitive biography makes Wright, in all his creativity, crankiness, and zest, fairly leap from its pages.

The Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Midwest Contemporaries

Author: H. Allen Brooks

Description: Paperback: 400 pages One of the most original and dynamic developments in American architecture, the Prairie School was a regional manifestation of the international revolt and reform that occurred in the visual arts during the early years of the twentieth century. Inspired by Louis Sullivan and given guidance and prominence by Frank Lloyd Wright, the members of the movement sought to achieve a fresh architectural expression. Their designs were characterized by precise, angular forms and highly sophisticated interior arrangements-an approach that proved immensely significant in residential architecture. H. Allen Brooks discusses the entire phenomenon of the Prairie School-not just the masters but also the work of their contemporaries. Drawing on unpublished material and original documentation as well as on interviews, he assesses each architect’s contribution and traces the course of the movement itself-how and why it came into existence, what it achieved and what caused its abrupt end.

Up Close: Frank Lloyd Wright

Author: Jan Adkins

Description: 208 pages Frank Lloyd Wright was the most influential architect of the twentieth century and a rogue genius whose life was a wild ride. Wright routinely ignored unpaid bills, clients’ wishes and budget constraints. Only his creative vision mattered to him. That vision transformed the way we live, sweeping aside the Victorian home and creating a uniquely American architecture exemplified by his Prairie Style houses. Wright built hotels, churches and offices, incorporating endless innovations in techniques and materials. Ideas poured out of him throughout his long career; he called it “shaking the design out of my sleeve.” Jan Adkins’s fascinating biography of this compelling, infuriating, larger than- life figure will change the way every reader looks at architecture.

Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens (Creating the North American Landscape)

Author: Robert E. Grese

Description: Paperback: 328 pages Jens Jensen was one of America's greatest landscape designers and conservationists. Using native plants and "fitting" designs, he advocated that our gardens, parks, roads, playgrounds and cities should be harmonious with nature and its ecological processes-a belief that was to become a major theme of modern American landscape design. In Jens Jensen: Maker of Natural Parks and Gardens, Robert E. Grese draws on Jensen's writings and plans, interviews with people who knew him and analyses of his projects to present a clear picture of Jensen's efforts to enhance and preserve "native" landscapes.

Siftings (American Land Classics)

Author: Jens Jensen

Description: Paperback: 144 pages One of America’s greatest landscape designers and conservationists, Jensen used native plants to introduce the influential Prairie style of landscape architecture. In Siftings, Jensen shares his memories of "wandering in many lands" and his life in the heart of Middle America. His recollections—like his designs—express a love of natural landscapes and regional cultures. As he sifts through a lifetime of ideas about gardens, cities, towns and parks, Jensen makes an eloquent case for a natural style of American landscape.

Lincoln’s New Salem

Author: Benjamin P. Thomas

Description: 166 pages Thomas tells the story of the village where Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837. His three-part examination of the village often referred to as Lincolns "Alma Mater" features the founding and early history of New Salem, Lincolns impact on the village and its effect on him, and the story of the Lincoln legend and the reconstruction of the town. Thomas argues convincingly that New Salem was the town where Lincoln acquired faith in himself, faith in people. At 22 the future president drifted into town seeking to become a blacksmith. Thomas introduces us to the people who created New Salem and who knew, influenced, and befriended Lincoln. Thomas highlights Lincolns arrival, his relationships with his neighbors, his important wrestling match with Jack Armstrong, his self-education, his quiet career as an Indian fighter, his experience as a postmaster largely indifferent to postal regulations, his financial woes as a businessman, his loyal friends who often came to his aid, and his election to the legislature. This colorful history closes with a discussion of the Lincoln legend. The truth of the stories is unimportant. What matters is that the growing Lincoln legend prompted the gradual realization that New Salem was not a dismal mire from which President Lincoln had had to extricate himself but was, in fact, an energizing force. This realization led to research and finally to the restoration of New Salem, which began in 1932.

Sugar Creek, Life on the Illinois Prairie

Author: John Mack Faragher

Description: "Sugar Creek, Life on the Illinois Prairie" (The Lamar Series in Western History), follows the development of a rural Illinois community from its origins near the beginning of the nineteenth century, looks at community activity, and tells the stories of ordinary pioneers. Paperback 285 pages.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses (Wright at a Glance Series)

Author: Carla Lind

Description: Hardcover: 60 pages One of the architectural problems that challenged Frank Lloyd Wright throughout his career was how to provide moderate-cost houses that were every bit as good as more expensive ones. His solution was the Usonian house. This book presents a dozen of these innovative structures that became models for so many American houses. The Wright-at-a-Glance series showcases the work of one of the world's best-known architects. Comprising twelve books in all, this series offers an overview of Wright's life, buildings, and designs.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses: Designs for Moderate Cost One-Family Homes

Author: John Sergeant

Description: Paperback: 208 pages Looks at the last period in Wright's career, reassessing his Usonian houses, his Taliesin working communities and his plan for Broadacre City. Wright's designs include a strong focus on energy conservation and the need for personalized lifestyle.

Loving Frank: A Novel

Author: Nancy Horan

Description: Paperback: 400 pages “I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.” So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of America’s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheney’s profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves little-known facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover and intellectual. Horan’s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamah’s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novel’s stunning conclusion. Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon and their timeless love story.

The Prairie Spirit of Landscape Gardening

Author: Wilhelm Miller

Description: Hardcover: 56 pages In 1915, Wilhelm Miller (1869-1938), an influential author and editor, published "The Prairie Spirit of Landscape Gardening," a profusely illustrated book that championed the "prairie style" of landscape gardening. It was the first book to address the question of a truly American style of landscape design and remains one of the most significant early treatises on that topic. This handsome volume features several projects by Jens Jensen, a Danish immigrant who’s ecologically based conservation-oriented approach to park and residential design had a strong impact in Chicago and formed the foundation of the stylistic school Miller was promoting. The book also features photographs of O. C. Simonds's designs for Chicago's Graceland Cemetery and Midwestern landscapes by Walter Burley Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Warren H. Manning, among others. Before and after images vividly demonstrate Miller's taste for abundant use of hardy native plants in landscape design. His emphatic captions--"Away with Gaudy Foreigners and Artificial Varieties!" "Restore the Native Vegetation!"--leave little doubt about his aesthetic position. Christopher Vernon's new introduction links the prairie style to Wright and other architects of the Progressive Era, arguing that Wright's use of prairie landscape elements actually preceded that by Jensen, Simonds and their peers. Vernon shows how prairie imagery provided design ideas for some and also provided a label--prairie style--that helped promote naturalistic work generally. Architects, landscape architects and garden enthusiasts will be intrigued by Vernon's insights and inspired by Miller's impassioned call to celebrate, replicate and conserve the Midwestern landscape.

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