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Taking a Giant Step Further—Frank Lloyd Wright and The Prairie School Style of Architecture


Forest for the trees CVA

“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.”
― Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s goals and influence preceded, then paralleled, then overlapped, and finally passed and surpassed, the American Craftsman style…well into the 1940’s and ‘50s.


The open miles upon miles of Prairie, omnipresent in the Midwest, inspired Wright and others of the Prairie School to design horizontally emphasized homes that complemented their surroundings. They engendered the same feelings evoked by those practically endless wide-open vistas. Specifying warm earth tones and use of locally obtainable and affordable building materials, including stone, wood, and glass was what Wright called “Organic architecture.” He was a true environmentalist.


This discipline also called for artisanal crafting, and was an attempt to develop a truly genuine American style of Architecture, without borrowing from others (even those in the American Craftsman movement owed something to their English counterparts, as they rebelled against lack of individuality.) This soulless lack was a byproduct of the Industrial Evolution).


Wright’s detailing included designing American-influenced fonts, which can be seen and/or specified on many Atlas signs and plaques.
Frank Lloyd Eaglefeather Plaque CO Frank Lloyd Craftsman Address Plaque BVE frank lloyd craftsman address copper verdi lat long

Besides accountability, much of the emphasis on designing homes for the working and middle class was put on making them economical.


Wright spent much time in Wisconsin; the Oak Park suburb of Chicago; and Arizona, although he did a stint in Berlin, and he designed the magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.


Frank Lloyd Wright also created a number of beautiful radically designed homes in Oak Park, Illinois. Each year there is a daylong tour of private homes and public buildings designed by Wright and his contemporaries. Next year’s Wright Plus will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016.


Let’s get back to the Atlas plaques that could add more beauty to your home.

Eagle Scout Final Projects: Helping the Community with Good Deeds

The Eagle Scout final project is the largest project in the entire scouting community. But what do you have to do?


Pewter POW MIA Sign

A Memorial to Those Who Fought For Us


Well, that is really up to the scout. They can do almost anything they get approval for, but one of the projects that we see is a military memorial for a city or park, because the Eagle Scout Final Project cannot specifically help a business or individual.

Our custom signs are a great touch for any memorial, but they’re even better for an Eagle Scout project. Because our signs are lighter than cast metal and only a quarter of the cost, you can spend less time on fundraising and more time on developing the rest of the project. In addition, our signs can be easily mounted on a stake or wall with our selection of mounting styles. On top of the ease for installation, our signs are durable and weather-proof.

If you know any Eagle Scouts who have finished projects using any of our signs, let us know! We love to see our signs doing what we designed them to do. And we support improving local parks and communities.

Remember, all signs from Atlas Signs and Plaques are made from American Materials and Labor.

Halloween: A Time of Fright, A Time of Delight (October)

Trick or Treat?


Halloween Ornament


The kids are back in school and winter is just around the corner. That means it’s just about time to start thinking about Halloween!

What’s somewhat interesting about Halloween is that it only developed into its modern form, complete with trick-or-treating and costumes in the late 1930’s. On the other hand, the tradition of pumpkin carving is based on the tradition of turnip carving, which comes from Ireland and England. The original idea was the carving a turnip would maintain the souls trapped in purgatory.

But the most prominent feature of Halloween is the scare factor. Spooky attractions and decorations are sprinkled throughout cities and towns, with splashes of humor as well. If you’re looking for an ornament that will last through the years, check out our signs, clocks, and ornaments. At our Etsy Shop, we have skull ornaments in the Ready to Ship section. We also have a Spooky Skull clock, but we can also do a custom sign. Just let us know what you want, and we’ll get it to you within two weeks plus shipping.

As always, all of our signs, plaques, clocks, and ornaments are made here in Lake Mills, Wisconsin from American Materials and Labor.



Amy’s Sign Looks Fabulous!

We love it when our customers love their signs, and we also love it when they share their enthusiasm with us! Here’s what Amy had to say about her new sign:

“I got the sign today- it looks fabulous – and the craftsmanship is perfect. Put in back in the mail today to get to my parent’s place by Saturday and I think it’s going to make it for their anniversary!!! Thank you for helping me getting this processed and shipped quickly. You guys are the best, and I will definitely order from your company again.  I REALLY appreciate the awesome customer service :)”

A HUGE thanks to all of our customers, we appreciate all of your business very much!