Early Colonial 1620-1750
Sometimes referred to as "first period". Not really a
specific style, but rather the form created by function by the earliest
settlers. Typically, most had steep roofs and smaller windows.
Here are some examples that include English,
Swedish, Dutch and German Colonial style homes.
This style has strict symmetry, including windows aligned
horizontally and vertically and paired chimneys. The central entrance often has
a pediment with pilasters and a transom. Here are
some examples that include English, Dutch and German Georgian style
After the revolution, this was America's first national style.
The symmetry of the Georgian style is retained but the central entries may now
have a fanlight with flanking sidelights. The details become lighter, including
mouldings, trim and mullions. Semi-circular or rectangular porticos are common.
Some have a third level and many have a higher elevation above the ground than
earlier styles. Here are some
Greek Revival 1820-1875
The gable end of this style is the facade and has (or the
appearance of) massive pilasters or wide columns supporting a triangular
pediment. Smooth, white exterior surfaces are often used to immitate cut marble
construction. Here are some examples
Gothic Revival 1840-1875
This early Victorian style has steep pitched roofs with at
least one cross gable. Gingerbread trim is common at gables and
porches. Windows often have a peaked arches and some have leaded glass. Here are some examples
These homes usually have a lower pitched roof with wide
overhanging eaves. Large, decorative brackets are used below the eaves.
Typically they have tall, narrow windows, some arched or curved above. Some
have a square cupola or tower. Here are some
Second Empire 1860-1885
This style shares many of its details with the Italianate. The
most significant feature is a mansard roof. Some have a square tower or turret
and bay extensions. Dormer windows are common. Here
are some examples
Stick Style 1860-1890
This late Victorian style has simulated timber frame boards
usually framing stucco or clapboards. Wide overhangs with brackets and exposed
rafter ends are common. many have porches and balconies with
"gingerbread" trim. Here are some
Recessed, cavernous entryways and window openings topped with
round arches are common. The exterior has rusticated stone or brick and rounded
or square towers with conical roof. The exteriors surfaces are polychromatic
with contrasting textures of building materials.Here are some examples
Queen Anne 1880-1910
These typically have steep, irregular shaped roofs with
multiple gables and dormers. Some have towers and turrets. Several wall
textures utilizing shingle, clapboards, brick & stone appear on exterior
surfaces. There are usually multiple bays & porches. Here are some examples
Early 20th Century Style Links:
The American Foursquare
A guide to Late-Victorian, Craftsman Style Bungalows and 20's
& 30's Cottages.
This site showcases the beauty and diversity of Arts and Crafts
architecture (1895-1920) and features a photo gallery of over 230
From 19081940, Sears, Roebuck and Company sold more than
100,000 homes through their mail-order Modern Homes program.
American Bungalow Style
Describes the architectural movements reflected in these
sometimes modest homes.