ARCHITECTURE: Frank Delos Wolfe

Frank Delos Wolfe
Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture

by Krista Van Laan

In 1912, San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, applied the architectural style of the Midwestern Prairie School to the California bungalow. The result was something unique to Northern California–an ornate and strikingly modern home that suited the California lifestyle and appealed to those who wanted something decidedly different. With more than 200 photographs, author Krista Van Laan presents a look at the work of Frank Wolfe focusing on the years 1912 through 1922. Set against the backdrop of the Santa Clara Valley during a period of economic and architectural growth, Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture tells the stories of these special buildings and their special owners and establishes Wolfe’s place among American architects.

Frank Delos Wolfe

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