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Roots of Style: Italianate Architecture Romances the U.S.
With its towers, cornice details and more, Italianate homes have been enchanting Americans since the 19th-century romantic era
You may have seen these tall and proud abodes in your city and thought, “What inspired these elaborate creations?” It is a good question. Italianate is one of three popular 19th-century styles — Greek...
Roots of Style: Queen Anne Homes Present Regal Details
Complex facades with bay windows, multiple shingle patterns and even towers make these Victorian-era homes a sight to behold
Victorian houses hold a special place in the hearts of house lovers across the United States. Tall, proud and intricately adorned facades provide a delightful dance of visuals. But interestingly, Victorian is not actually a style, nor is it an apt description....
Roots of Style: Classical Details Flourish in 21st-Century Architecture
Columns, friezes, cornices ... if your home has features like these, it may have been influenced by ancient designs
Ancient Greece and Rome obviously provide the origins of classical architecture. What makes the subject relevant today is the high number of buildings and houses throughout Europe and America that have been designed with the aesthetics that developed...
Roots of Style: Pueblo Revival Architecture Welcomes Modern Life
Centuries-old details of adobe construction still appeal in the desert Southwest, adapted to today's tastes
Regional architecture exists in all places, but no other place captures an indigenous theme quite like the pueblo style in the high-desert settings of the American Southwest. Adobe structures of Native Americans established the aesthetic centuries ago,...
Roots of Style: See What Defines a Craftsman Home
Charming features and intimate proportions have made Craftsman houses an American favorite. See their common details and variations
They charm us with an intimate scale and intricate wooden details gently layered over stucco, shingles, stone and bricks. Their porches turn back time while providing a gentle transition between the outside world and cozy spaces inside. These are Craftsman...
Roots of Style: International Style Celebrates Pure Form
Using technology and materials of the time, International style is always current. See its expression in these 16 homes around the world
Do you find boxy modern houses peculiar? The contrast of modern architecture with that rooted in classic, medieval...
Roots of Style: Prairie Architecture Ushers In Modern Design
Twentieth-century Midwestern architects gave us broad-shouldered homes inspired by the landscape and modern times. Learn the details here
Does your house hug and hold the landscape and blend into the horizon? It could be Prairie architecture or a derivation. Consider the era. At the turn of the 20th century, America embraced the Industrial Revolution while its population exploded...
Roots of Style: Dutch Colonial Homes Settle on the Gambrel Roof
Colonists from the Netherlands brought the gambrel roof and other quaint details. Has your home adapted any of these features?
What is a gambrel roof? Think of a shallow gable and a steep gable, then place the shallow atop the steep. Add dormers, often one long one, to the steep portion, and you have a configuration commonly referred to as Dutch colonial. The gambrel...
Roots of Style: Spanish Eclectic Homes Find a Place in the Sun
Flexible stucco, intricate tiles and more have kept this multicultural style going strong for a century
When you see a clay tile roof in the U.S., you will likely find a palm tree nearby, for Spanish eclectic architecture dominates large regions of California, Arizona and Florida. The orange and red terra-cotta roofing defines the local architecture, comfortably...
Roots of Style: The Indelible Charm of American Tudors
Rich details and an intimate scale give this English-inspired architectural style memorable character and flexibilty
They can be found across the country. You may have seen them in older neighborhoods close to the city center, or you may have seen them in semirural areas on large plots of land. They maintain a distinct identity. You may be lucky enough to have grown...
Roots of Style: Midcentury Modern Design
Midcentury modern still charms with its linear forms and low-sloping roofs. Appreciate it now — such simplicity can be hard to replicate
Explaining the current popularity of midcentury modern home design leads us back to that 30-year stretch from 1945 to 1975 — a period of extraordinary economic growth, which produced an appetite for progressive design in everything from clothing to...
Roots of Style: Georgian Homes Offer Familiarity Through the Ages
Americans have been embracing this interpretation of classical architecture since the 1700s. Does your home show off any Georgian details?
Familiarity comforts us. It is no surprise that when we choose a home, we often search for the familiar or an association in the context of our families. This could be one reason that Georgian-style houses are still common and popular, especially in the...
Roots of Style: Château Architecture Strides Through a Century
Live like a lord with design details that recall French estates of old, even if they're scaled down and updated for today
According to a recent study by the American Institute of Architects, Biltmore is America's eighth favorite building. This château-style, or châteauesque, mansion is an indelible image of wealth from the Gilded...
Roots of Style: Ranch Architecture Roams Across the U.S.
Great remodeling potential and generously spaced sites make ranch homes ever popular. Is one of the many variations right for you?
We all know a ranch house from our past. Chances are, you grew up in one, or your grandparents lived in one their whole lives, or your best friend lived in one around the corner. This popular home style spread from coast to coast in the U.S....
Roots of Style: French Eclectic Design Continues to Charm
Hip roofs, towers, quoins ... if your house includes architectural elements like these, you might trace its design lineage to France
Original French eclectic architecture began in the early 20th century and remained popular for about 30 years. Americans romanticized the forms, shapes and details they saw in France, borrowing themes from a long and rich history of domestic architecture....