Architect Herb Greene built the Prairie House in 1961 as a founding example of what came to be known as "organic architecture". With its delicate cedar shingles and other low-cost local building materials, the 2,100-square foot home is the physical manifestation of Greene's unlimited imagination and adherence to a belief that the built environment is as essential to nurturing its inhabitants’ souls as it is in sheltering them. The Prairie House most definitely achieves both.
A living structure
Greene’s inspiration is uncomplicated. The materials, the land but mostly the wildlife acted as his muse for this project. The shingled tiles inside and out resemble feathers and when you take a step back from the house, squint your eyes and let the child inside yourself speak you, might see a mother hen, providing confront and shelter — representing the beginning of life and the nurturing of new beginnings.
This unique piece of American history stands proud as a testament to the organic architecture movement of the early 1960s. The abstract design and textures, created by natural and organic materials, form a place separated from time and fashion.
It is nestled gently on three acres of Oklahoma prairie, with views of the countryside, as well as the University of Oklahoma and downtown Oklahoma City a short drive away.
What makes this Kobu?