Southwestern House Plans
Prairie or Southwestern homes originated in suburban Chicago in 1893, with Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous architect, whom designed the first Prairie-style house is still a common design style throughout the Midwest. Prairie houses come in two styles--boxy and symmetrical or low-slung and asymmetrical. Roofs are low-pitched, with wide eaves. Brick and clapboard are the most common building materials. Other details: rows of casement windows; one-story porches with massive square supports; and stylized floral and circular geometric terra cotta or masonry ornamentation around doors, windows, and cornices.
Some ranch homes, especially classic ramblers can fall into this home-style category, since the homes roofline is low pitched like a prairie home. The only significant difference is that a ranch home is 1 story; southwestern or prairie house plans can be two story.