Monday, February 8, 2010

Colonial Revival

This cute Colonial Revival sits in our town's historic district.........





I have always liked the classic look of Colonial style homes -they certainly invoke a warm, family-oriented, patriotic feel. Several sources I read credit the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 for reviving the classic Colonial style home in America. Between World Wars I and II, the Colonial Revival style home was the most popular home style in America.

First, a little history on Colonial and Colonial Revival style homes.

Colonial Style architecture
The Colonists in America borrowed the Georgian architecture from England and modified it into what we know as the Colonial style. Georgian architecture was prevalent during King George's rule in England from 1711 until the Revolutionary War. The Georgian architecture of England (also popular in America until the Revolutionary War) was actually a reinterpretation of Greek and Roman architecture. Both Colonial and Georgian architecture were popular home styles, prior to the Revolutionary War.



Here are two examples of Georgian architecture..........


George Wythe House in Williamsburg, Virginia (c. 1750)


Governor's Palace, Williamsburg (1722)

Here is an early Colonial home (c. ) .......



Colonial Revival architecture
The Colonial Revival period existed in America between 1880-1955.
The typical Colonial Revival style house generally has the following characteristics:
1) Symmetrical, with a centered front door and equally spaced windows (Think of Five-Four-and a Door). A small number of Colonial Revivals have an off-center door.
2) Rectangular with a low-pitched roof and very little roof overhang
3) Columns, Pediments, or Pilasters around the front door
4) Multi-paned, double-hung window
5) Brick or Wood siding
6) Dentil Molding around the eaves (sometimes)

And Colonial Revival trim typically looks like this.........



Sketches found here.

Other sub-styles within the Colonial Revival style include:



Dutch Colonial (which I wrote about here)





Garrison Colonial ..................

Garrison Colonials have a second story that overhangs the first story.




Cape Cod .......

(Cape Cod homes are one story -and sometimes have dormers.)


American Four Square


Here are some houseplan ads from the 1920's............







Southern Living currently has these Colonial Revival home plans available.......











Old House Dreamer has featured several beautiful Colonials and Colonial Revivals, including this Colonial built in 1770 in New York..........





and here is a Colonial Revival in Missouri built in 1920.............




I could live here...........



This home is currently listed by Sothebys in Greenwich, Connecticut($12,750,000)



Here are two more Colonial Revival homes located in Cambridge Massachusetts.......




Have a great day!





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9 comments:

Red Door Home said...

This style has always been a favorite of mine. I think it will continue to be a classic.

janet said...

Love the photos..I think the yellow house in Cambridge might be my favorite. I am also a huge Salt box fan!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love a good old colonial home. They just seem so stately! Our daughter went to college in Williamsburg, and the Governor's Palace and the Wythe house are both beautiful. All around Williamsburg you'll find wonderful older neighborhoods filled with beautiful colonial style homes like the ones you have pictured.

Kat :)

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very interesting. I have long admired these styles of home, and your 'Five-four-and a door' is a great little way to remember. The Sotheby's home is beautiful but it would have to come with all that furniture for us to live there, or else with my stuff the rooms would be empty. Oh, and a gardener or lawn service. I love gardening but keeping that up would require help.LOL

Rue said...

Absolutely gorgeous.. all of them.

rue

Ginger said...

I love the four square!

The Little Red Shop said...

Mmmm....what lovely houses!

: )

Julie M.

Kelly said...

I love the yellow Colonial in Cambridge!

Terry said...

I like them all but your first one with 2 porches best. The room on the left with windows all around must be something else.

 
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