Edmonton has only a few examples of Prairie style homes, identified by their low roofs, banks of windows and horizontal emphasis.

The Prairie style was pioneered by Frank Lloyd Wright and was used primarily in residential buildings. Reflecting its origins on the flat plains of the American Midwest, Prairie buildings stretched into the landscape, emphasizing the link with the land. In Edmonton, the use of this style was limited due to small lot sizes; however, a simplified version of this style, known as Foursquare, was very popular. The Prairie style was used in Edmonton from the 1910s to the 1950s.


  • Low, horizontal proportions
  • Flat or gently pitched roofs
  • Plain materials on exterior such as stucco or brick
  • Deep projecting eaves
  • Flat wall planes
  • Simple wood detailing
  • Lack of ornamentation
  • Horizontal patterns on walls
  • Rectangular windows whose glazing forms angular, geometric patterns


Character Defining Elements

Balcony, Brick cladding, Brick structure, Bull's eye window, Clapboard siding, Clerestory windows, Corbelling, Corner boards, Cupola, Drop siding, Exposed rafters, Finial, Gable dormer, Gable roof, Gabled parapet, Half storey, Hipped dormers, Hipped roof, Intersecting gable roof, Keystone, Mansard roof, Nailed frame structure, Pier or Pillar, Porte cochere, Projecting eaves, Pyramidal roof, Quoins, Rectangular footprint, Rusticated stone, Square footprint, Stained glass, String course, Two & a half storeys, Two storeys, Veranda, Wide eaves, Wooden strucutre


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