Architect Frank Delos Wolfe (1862-1926) of San Jose, California was one of the most prolific architects of his time, popular with clients all over Northern California and respected by his peers as was evident by his heavy coverage in national architectural trade magazines. For 35 years, Wolfe, with and without partners, made significant architectural contributions. Seven of his buildings are today on the National Register of Historic Places, and many others are city landmarks.
In 1912, after his son Carl joined him as an associate, Frank produced what was possibly his finest work, inspired by the Midwestern Prairie school of architecture. Clients embraced the designs they called "Frank Lloyd Wright bungalows." The Wolfe & Wolfe team became nationally known for unusual and exciting architecture.
The California Prairies
Today, some of the most well-known of Wolfe's designs are the Prairie-style homes that make San Jose a western center for this type of architecture. A daring design for its time, the popularity of Prairie architecture has only grown, with many websites and books and organizations dedicated to it. A Wolfe Prairie home is generally considered to be even more desirable today than it was in the early 20th century.
There are over 40 documented Wolfe Prairies still standing in Northern California, many with original interiors. A Wolfe Prairie is special, as any owner can tell you. The Prairies appeal to both those who like modern houses and those who love old houses. With their flat roofs, cubic form, classical ornamentation, tilework, and beautiful art glass windows, the Wolfe & Wolfe Prairies are timeless works of art.
The long-awaited book, Frank Delos Wolfe: California Prairie Architecture is now available. Click here to buy your copy now!