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The Craftsman style

Greene and Greene
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Praire Style Design
By Frank Lloyd Wright
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The Craftsman Style

The Craftsman style, is simply the American direction of Arts and Crafts movement. The Craftsman style is found in architecture, interior design, landscape design and applied arts. The Craftsman style and lifestyle philosophy began in the last years of the 19th century as a comprehensive design and art movement. It remained popular into the 1930s.

The American Craftsman style originated from the British Arts and Crafts movement which began as a philosophy and artistic style founded by William Morris in the 1860s. The British movement was a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, with its disregard for the individual worker and degradation of the dignity of human labor. Seeking to ennoble the craftsman once again, the movement emphasized the hand-made over the mass-produced.

In Southern California, the firm Greene and Greene in Pasadena, California were renowned practitioners of the American Craftsman Style. Their projects include the Gamble House, Robert R. Blacker House in Pasadena, and the Thorsen House in Berkeley. Also in Southern California, Architect David Owen Dryden designed and built many Craftsman California bungalows in the North Park district of San Diego. The 1905 House of George Marston in Balboa Park was designed by local architects Irving Gill and William Hebbard.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School style was an outgrowth of both the American Craftsman style aesthetics and its philosophy for quality middle-class home design. The Robie House is a fine example of Frank Lloyd Wright's American Craftsman inspired Prairie School work.

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