By Dustin Stoll
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Kraus House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and located in Kirkwood, MO (just outside of St. Louis). The visit was part of a field-trip for Professor Davey’s Graduate Architecture History class. The house is one of Wrights later designs, and is in the Usonian style. Wright developed the Usonian style during the height of the depression, in order to create more affordable housing for “common” people. The Usonian style is very similar to Wright’s Prairie Style, but much smaller (approx. 1000-2000sqft) and built on slabs.
I really enjoyed my visit to the Kraus house. I noticed many similarities between the Kraus house and another Usonian house that I visited a few years ago on another field trip to Pennsylvania called Kentuck Knob. Below are a few pictures of each house, check out the similarities!