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“In breadth, length, height and weight, these buildings belonged to the prairie just as the human being himself belonged to it with his gift of speed. The term ‘streamlined’ as my own expression was then and there born. As a result, the new buildings were rational: low, swift, and clean, and were studiously adapted to machine methods.”
— Frank Lloyd Wright. from Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland, ed. Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas. p35 via http://www.greatbuildings.com/.
Like most of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, the Coonley house was influenced by nature and art. In collaboration with George Mann Niedecken the house was built in the classic Midwestern Prairie style architecture and ornamented with Niedecken’s decorative arts such as murals and textiles. Prairie style is characterized lots of flat surfaces and roofs and horizontal straight lines. Built in 1908, the home has a wood frame with stucco and emphasized with raised gardens. By the 1950’s the Coonley home was divided into three separate residences and sold with restorations later made in 2007. The homes are located in Riverside, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago.
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