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.
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Orendorff Residence - 1902

A Prairie Style home with Old English detatils
$88 - 13 Sheets measuring 24" x 36"
Ext. Dimensions apx. 68' x 118'
2+ Stories, 5 Bedrooms, 2+ baths
Built in 1902, Canton, Illinois
Drawings prepared by HABS in 2001

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Orenorff Residence - 1902

1902 was a good year for architect Robert Spencer. Sharing offices with Frank Lloyd Wright, in Chicago, he got the plum commission to design Daisy Orendorff and her husband U.G.'s new house. Spencer had a knack for combining the best of the Prairie Style, a free flowing, horizontal flow of plan, with more traditional decorative elements. He was also very skillful at combining natural materials. The Orendorff house, with its brick ground floor, half-timber upper floor, rhythmic windows and bold gables stands as a masterpiece in Spencer's work.

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, the plans offer an excellent starting point. In addition to two principal floors, this house has a full basement and habitable attic. The first floor entry hall includes a small sitting room and half-bath. To one side is a spacious living room with a semi-circular bay window. To the other side is a formal dining room, sun room, and kitchen wing. The second floor contains 5 bedrooms and 2 baths. This floor could easily be adapted for other arrangements of bedrooms and baths. This extensive set of drawings includes many highly detailed drawings of classic Prairie Style elements such as leaded glass windows.

  • Building name:      Orendorff Residence

  • Designer/Architect:      Robert Spencer

  • Date of construction:      1902

  • Location:      Canton, Illinois

  • Style:      Prairie Style Home

  • Number of sheets:      13 sheets measuring 24"x36"
Sheet List
  • Cover sheet, Notes

  • Site Plan

  • Basement Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • First Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Second Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • Attic Floor Plan, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 4 Sheets of Elevations, Section, 1/4"=1'-0"

  • 2 Sheets of leaded glass window details 1"=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 2001, 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. (PR007)

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