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As a branch of the international Arts and Crafts Movement, American Prairie Style architecture was a nostalgic ode to the horizontality and natural landscape of the Midwestern prairie and a departure from European design. Today, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan comprise the most memorable examples of the era, leaving a considerable number of architects largely understudied. One of these architects was the prolific theoretician and designer George W. Maher.

Ambitious from a young age, Maher had his own firm by his mid-twenties and produced over 160 structures in his thirty-eight-year career. During that time he was also an avid theoretician and contributed original ideas to multiple journals. This thesis analyzes his written work and constructed projects, ending with an evaluative framework that argues the significance of Maher’s most notable works and dictates how they should be assessed in the interest of preservation.