Frank Lloyd Wright’s Vision

Bringing the prairie to the city

As is often the case with Wright, his design for Emil Bach House seems to have anticipated its surroundings by decades. Though the house predates the development that now surrounds it, the design for Emil Bach House represents an “urbanization” of the more expansive, open approaches associated with his earlier Prairie work.

Using a flat roof over cubic masses, Wright makes Emil Bach centered and self-contained while utilizing common Prairie materials, color schemes and forms organized to accommodate a city-sized lot.

That contained geometry and efficient scale would inform future stylistic directions in Wright’s work, making Emil Bach House an important link between Wright’s Prairie period and the architectural innovations that would follow in decades to come.