Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), regarded as America's most renowned architect, favored open floor plans and the "honest textures" of stone, wood, brick, concrete and glass. The revolutionary houses of his "Prairie Style" were sheltering horizontal masses that complemented the broad Midwestern earth and sky.
Wright's career began in Oak Park, his home and studio for the first 20 years of his career. The home/studio has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor featuring the airy, eight-sided drafting room and the awe-inspiring barrel-vaulted playroom.
Wright is credited with creating the "Prairie" style of architecture and eventually opened the Prairie School of Architecture.
The The William H. Winslow Residence, 515 Auvergne Place in River Forest was built in 1893 and was Wright's first independent commission after leaving the employment of Adler & Sullivan and is constructed of brick with stone and plaster.