Stay at a Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Home: Forest Ridge
Searching for Frank Lloyd Wright inspired homes? If you are, we’re sure you already know about this world-renowned architect. Experts and scholars alike give him recognition for popularizing the mid-century modern movement in American architecture. In this blog post, we’ll go over who he is, mid-century modern style, the Usonian design era, and where you can find a stunning vacation home to rent that is inspired by his works.
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Who is Frank Lloyd Wright?
Perhaps you love mid-century modern design but aren’t familiar with who American architect Frank Lloyd Wright is? As mentioned above, he is often credited as one of the sole driving forces behind the mid-century modern movement in American architecture. He believed in creating dwellings and buildings in harmony with both humanity and the surrounding environment — this is what he coined as organic architecture.
Over a span of 70 years, he designed more than 1,0000 structures and continued to seek new influences over the years beyond the Midwest prairie style home. Many of his personal and homes designed for others can now be toured throughout the United States, like the 800-acre Taliesin estate in the hills of Wisconsin. Learn more about him by checking out the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s website.
A Brief Description of Mid-Century Modern Style
To start with, the mid-century modern style of residential architecture first found its place in American post-World War II suburbs. This movement flourished for several decades, with the height of the era occurring in the 1950s. Historians now say that modernism was truly a worldwide movement that spanned over five decades — from the 1930s to the 1970s.
However, mid-century modern influences still exist in home design today, and many of these innovative properties have been restored to their original glory.
About the “Prairie School” Design Period
The Prairie style, or Prairie School design, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most well-known architectural styles. While it was often explored by other architects, it’s typically Wright that comes first to mind. The style itself was actually first started by a collection of young architects around 1900 in Chicago, including Wright. They focused on emphasizing nature, craftsmanship, and simplicity while melding the ideals and design aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Some of the original Frank Lloyd Wright designs can even be toured today, like what is widely considered his first Prairie style home — the B. Harley Bradley House. This spacious home was designed in 1900 and is located in Kankakee, IL. As a few fun facts, the residence is listed in the National Register and has served many functions throughout the years, notably as a restaurant, factory, and law office. Today the property is operated by a nonprofit corporation and is open for tours seven days a week.
What are the design characteristics of a Prairie style home?
Let’s go through what makes Prairie style homes unique and what characteristics to look for within this design. From the exterior, you’ll find all of them are typically either one or two-story and have strong horizontal lines. Broad, overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, and low-pitched roofs often complement the overall design.
As you move into the interior of these houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, you will find open floor plans, a prominent chimney, and built-in cabinetry. Organic architecture is also beautifully represented with the use of natural materials, especially stone and wood.
Our Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Vacation Home Rental
Country Luxury in Sebastopol, also known as Forest Ridge, is a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ranch house in Sonoma County’s Wine Country! Constructed of redwood and glass, this architectural gem was custom-built in 1975 and is about 5,600 square feet. When pulling up and exploring the property there is no question that this mid-century revival found inspiration from Wright’s Prairie style houses.
You’ll find the single-level house plan sits on 9 acres, making for an incredibly secluded and private getaway in Sonoma County. There is an abundance of natural light that radiates throughout the home, and it’s a true testament to organic home design. You’ll find many luxurious 5-star amenities like a private indoor sauna, swimming pool, hot tub, and an expansive yoga studio.
Plus, you’re only minutes from well-known Sonoma County wineries, vineyards, and a wide variety of local activities to experience. Even Bodega Bay on the Sonoma Coast is about 25 minutes away!
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