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Graphic: Joshua Melson House

Photo of living room

One of Griffin's contributions to modern architecture in the Chicago area was the so-called open plan; the "L-shaped" plan. This is a configuration where you take a simple square and divide it up into four parts with the fireplace in its center. The living room and dining room become the open, continual L-shape.

Paul Kruty 
University of Illinois

Detail photo of house

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