History & Tourism
Prolific architect Vernon Redding
, who was undoubtedly the busiest Mansfield architect in the early decades of the 20th
century, designed many of the local landmarks we have profiled in this series. He was also extremely versatile, as evidenced by the wide variety of styles in which he designed residences, commercial buildings, schools, and churches.
Late in the first decade of the 1900s, Redding became interested in the new Prairie School
style of architecture, a movement born in the Midwest and whose most famous proponent was Frank Lloyd Wright. The Prairie Style emphasized horizontal lines, with residences featuring “…horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament” according to Wikipedia
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Landmarks, Landmarks of Mansfield