The Mark Stewart Prairie Style almost single handedly revived this beautiful and logical architectural style in the early 1990’s. The first client we proposed this style for wept tears of joy when he saw the preliminary renderings. Mark Stewart went on to to develop and modernize the Prairie Style Home that has again been growing in popularity all over the world. Mark showcased 12 fully developed and decorated homes in 1994 in the Mark Stewart Designers showcase of Homes.In addition to the Elegance and Drama of this style, cost savings have been reported by many Mark Stewart Prairie Style Clients. Mark Stewart has been the leader in the inception and revival of many styles and movements in Home Design with none more powerful and long lasting then the Prairie Style These homes came to me in a vision… It was right after a two week meditation retreat… I didn’t ask for them, they were just given. They have been a gift I am happy to pass on to you. Finally, a beautiful sense of logic returns to Home Design. Prairie School style architecture is usually marked by its integration with the surrounding landscape, horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad eaves, windows assembled in horizontal bands, solid construction, craftsmanship, and restraint in the use of decoration. Horizontal lines were intended to unify the structure with the native prairie landscape of the Midwest. The emergence of the Prairie School style was nourished by a small group of dedicated individuals obsessed with the idea of creating a new American architecture. They wanted to develop an architecture style suitable to the American Midwest and independent of historical and revivalist influence. The movement attracted young designers, the best known among them being Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The term “Prairie School” was not used by the architects to describe themselves, it was actually coined by one of the first historians to write comprehensively about these architects and their work, H. Allen Brooks
Definition: interim Tran•si•tion•al Of or pertaining to transition; involving or denoting transition; as, transitional changes; transitional stage. Every 7-10 years or so there is a shift in the design focus of the home buying public and the providers of new homes. During the shift from one style to the next there is a period of transition that sometimes can produce exciting works of design that take on a life of their own. These designs have been collected here . Each one has a story and is a slice in design history.
Steep pitched roofs, in combination with front gables and hips, along with front cross gables define this popular and historic style. Half-timbering is present on most tudor homes, along with tall narrow windows in multiple groups and with grilled glazing. Massive chimneys are common to the Tudor Style. Permanence, pride of place and strength are the hallmarks of this popular style.