Our featured home today is an impressive Lakeshore prairie box. In the teens Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence was profoundly felt across the country because of the widespread publication of his designs in the shelter magazines of the day. Here in the Bay Area, Prairie style houses quickly came to supplant the familiar shingle style and colonial revival modes as the most commonly built type of new construction.
This lovely example in Oakland is particularly grand with its layers of horizontal banding and distinguished interiors. The ability of these mid-western derived homes to be so successfully adapted across the country is really a testament to the strength of their design and the appetite for novelty among the public in general.