The Prairie Style home plans developed towards the end of the 19th century around the Great Lakes states and quickly evolved a unique look. Prairie Style homes reflect the wide open spaces of the prairie. Prairie Style home plans spread across the ground, emphasizing the horizontal, with broad roof overhangs and terraces extending the floor plane of the house into the surrounding landscape. Prairie Style homes also draw from the surrounding natural materials, using them in a way that preserves the integrity of each material's unique beauty.
Historic Home Plans --- Prairie Style Homes --- Magerstadt Residence

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Magerstadt Residence - 1906

A spacious Prairie Style home plan for a narrow lot
$40 - 4 Sheets measuring 18 " x 24 "
Ext. Dimensions apx. 29' x 98'
2+ Stories, 6 Bedrooms, 3+ baths
Built in 1906, Chicago, Illinois
Drawings prepared by HABS in 1965

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Magerstadt Residence - 1906

George Maher, one of the founding members of the Prairie School and a disciple of Louis Sullivan, designed the Magerstadt house around 1906. In it he skillfully adapted the Prairie ideal to a narrow city lot in Chicago. The long, narrow plan creates an impression of extended space, with vistas from one room, through the next, to outdoor terraces. He also created some beautiful designs of stained glass and built-in cabinetry, making the interior a real jewel.

As a work of art these prints are worth purchasing in their own right. For those of you interested in building a historically inspired house, these plans offer an excellent starting point. These plans are ideal for a flat site and are also well suited for a narrow lot. The side entry leads into an entry hall in the middle of the house, with the living room and its terrace towards the street and the dining room and its terrace towards the garden. Kitchen and pantry are to one side. There is also a small bedroom and half-bath on this floor. The second floor contains a Bed/bath suite, 3 additional bedrooms and another bath. The attic, with its rather low ceiling, contains a game room, bedroom and bath. The house has outside dimensions of approximately 29' x 98'.

  • Building name:      Magerstadt Residence

  • Designer/Architect:      George Maher

  • Date of construction:      1906

  • Location:      Chicago, Illinois

  • Style:      Prairie Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      4 sheets measuring 18" x 24"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Site Plan, Notes

  • First & Second Floor Plans, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, Section, 3/16"=1'-0"

  • 2 Elevations, Section, 3/16"=1'-0"

The prints you are purchasing are crisp, high resolution black line copies on white bond paper. The original drawings were beautifully delineated in 1965, by the Historic American Building Survey.

Please view my other plans for more Prairie Style home plans and for a large variety of house plans in many other styles as well.

SHIPPING: Your drawings are shipped to you, by US Postal Service, rolled, not folded, in a Priority Mail tube.

IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO BUILD: These plans are NOT complete architectural drawings as might be required by your local permitting agency and do not contain all the structural, waterproofing and other details and information necessary for construction. But your local builder or architect should be able to adapt these drawings and add to them as necessary. What they do provide is accurate design information about a REAL Prairie Style home, not a pseudo-prairie tract house as you will find in the house plan magazines on your supermarket shelf. (PR006)

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