Guide to Residential Architectural Styles
By Diane Eddy-Low, Realtor with Hermann London Group, Maplewood.
Have you ever wondered what architectural style your house fits into or, while out and about, you come across a building or home you like but have a hard time correctly describing it? Well, every house or building has a style. Sometimes it has more than one because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes or the original architect combined styles for their Clients wants or needs.
Over the next few weeks I will blog about one specific style until we get through all 24! I can be reached for any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 314-602-7174
Week 3 the Colonial
Colonial or Colonial Revival architecture stems from the period around the Revolutionary War which at the time drew influence from the Georgian architecture of Great Britain. These structures are typically two stories with the roof line running parallel to the street. They have a symmetrical front façade* often with an accented doorway with crown pediments*, fanlights* and sidelights with evenly spaced windows on the first and second level. Many times you will see double front doors with columned porches.
The Centennial Exhibition of 1876 reawakened Americans to their colonial past and gained momentum in the 1890s on into the early 20th century when the automobile allowed people to visit historic sites. Thus rocketing Colonial architecture to the forefront of favorite American architectural styles.
Next Friday's blog will be the Contemporary.
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See the previous weeks' featured styles:
- Different Architectural Styles Found in the St. Louis Area