1895 - 1930: American Foursquare Prairie Architecture Inspires Practical Box-Shaped Homes The Foursquare style, sometimes called the Prairie Box, can be found in nearly every part of the United States.
Shotgun Houses : The entire house is no wider than 12 feet (3.5 meters) Rooms are arranged in a single row, without hallways The living room is at the front, with bedrooms and kitchen behind The house has two doors, one at the front and one at the rear A long pitched roof provides natural ventilation The house may rest on stilts to prevent flood damage
Creative builders often dressed up the basic foursquare form. Although foursquare houses are always the same square shape, they can have features borrowed from any of these styles: Queen Anne - bay windows, small towers, or "gingerbread" trim; Mission - stucco siding and roof parapets; Colonial Revival - pediments or porticos; Craftsman - exposed roof rafters, beamed ceilings, built-in cabinetry, and carefully crafted woodwork. This photo is a 1901 Foursquare in Denver.