Modern Prairie Architecture: What's Old is New Again

November 15, 2017

This timeless design has made a comeback in the exclusive West Calgary community, The Point in Patterson Heights

The Fundamentals

The Prairie School of Architecture, a style closely associated with Frank Lloyd Wright, originated around the end of the 19th century in the Midwestern United States and remains one of the most influential architecture styles of the last 100 years.  Today, Prairie design has adopted a modern approach, creating a hybrid of new- and old-school design practices.  Like the Craftsman, the simple asymmetric form of Prairie homes allows them to adapt to the site as well as the functional needs of today’s homeowners, a perfect fit for The Point in Patterson Heights – an enclave of luxury homes perched on the West Slopes of the city overlooking the Bow Valley.


Design Features
Design features specific to the Modern Prairie style include asymmetrical massing’s, off-center entries, shallow roof lines and wide overhanging eaves which create a contemporary, yet traditional and timeless look.  A visually strong horizontal base of brick or stone, and complementary garden walls are used to emphasize the long, beautiful horizon of the prairie and surrounding landscape while vertical elements are typically incorporated to maintain balance. Banks of elongated windows and a central and dominating chimney are often used as vertical anchors in the Prairie Style.  Sophisticated outdoor lighting is then used to highlight the textures and emphasize the upright features. All Modern Prairie designs encourage plenty of natural light to flood into the open plan, creating warm, informal and inviting spaces.


Blending with the Landscape
The idea of the Modern Prairie home is to emphasize the surrounding landscape with its design; a concept that has truly been achieved in this distinctive community. Surrounded by stunning hillside parkland and ravines, each homesite is designed to take advantage of the natural topography.  Large panels of windows and open spaces allow the stunning landscape of the West Slopes inside each home, while deep overhangs enriched with natural wood and exteriors in smooth sandy finishes blend with the untouched surroundings beautifully.


This exclusive enclave of luxury homes is the product of QuinnCorp Communities, the developer of the wildly popular Aspen Estates, Address of Distinction and Aspen Summit. A family company, QuinnCorp prides itself on creating estate communities with homes and landscapes of timeless beauty and value.  The Point in Patterson Heights is a one of a kind community – respecting the environment and providing a superior quality of life for its residents with private and serene surroundings, just minutes from downtown, amazing amenities and some of the best schools in the city.


Exclusive, developer-direct homesites are available, with walkout and hillside options; bring your desired builder or select from one of QuinnCorp’s prestigious featured builders. Quick Possession homes are also available. Cook Custom Homes, New West Luxury, Madison Builders Inc. and Augusta Fine Homes all have stunning showhomes complete and ready to move into today. Don’t miss your last chance to build your dream home in Patterson Heights and be part of this exciting community.


Exclusive homesites start in the $500,000’s.

Showhome hours: Sat-Sun 12-5pm

Or by private appointment


The Point in Patterson Heights

411 Patterson Blvd SW

Calgary, AB



QuinnCorp Communities




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