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Geometry and Nature
The narrow piers placed between the mullions of the front windows reinforce the strict geometry typical of Prairie School houses. Both the piers and the cypress-wood trim on the fascia of the upper and lower floors and around the window frames were given a jin-di-sugi treatment, a technique popularized by the Minneapolis interior designer John Scott Bradstreet (1845-1914). These features emphasized the overall earthen color scheme, including the reddish buff-colored stucco, that also ties the house to nature. Elmslie's band of red and blue stencils at the roofline is another example of the architects following Sullivan's system of ornament. next stop >

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