ike the Prairie houses, the Larkin Building reveals Wrights interest in the
built environment as a fully-designed work of art. The architect designed desks, chairs, lights and
windows specifically for the building, with each part
eloquently taking its place within the complete ensemble.
The Larkin Building also represents a technological advance. It is one of the
first air-conditioned buildings in America. Cooled and filtered air was
provided to protect the buildings important documents from the coal soot
emitted by nearby rail lines and factories.
Along with the Unity Temple (1904-1906) the Larkin Building displays Wrights
maturing style in the first decade of the century. Prairie horizontality and
expansiveness is traded for verticality and massiveness appropriate to its corporate function and urban, industrial site.