Old Portland FoursquareTransitional Exterior, Portland
An old Craftsman Foursquare with a monochromatic and modern green color scheme. Natural wood porch columns.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Notice the nearly pyramidal hipped roof form on the Houston example and this Portland, Oregon, house. This is another signature of the American Foursquare, along with the hipped dormer with small windows centered at the front of the house. Original attics were commonly left unfinished, to be turned into living quarters later as families and fortunes grew. The hipped roof on this genre of American house reduced the cost of framing. Instead of having a series of long rafters all the same length in a gable roof form, the hipped roof graduates the length of rafters. The closer to the corner of the roof, the shorter the span, and the less expensive the lumber.A mixture of details adorn the Houston house. Tapered columns on an enclosed clapboard pedestal and railing take their cue from Craftsman architecture. The broad eaves echo the Prairie aesthetic, while its elaborate brackets and carved rafter tails remind us of the Italian Renaissance theme. Pilasters at the corners of the house allude to Colonial Revival. The American Foursquare embraced eclecticism.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
Here they broke up the columns from the foundation/base material. Makes me wonder if we can take the stucco from the porch roof line all the way to the ground or we need to break it at either the railing level or the porch floor level. Also note how they used similar material and pattern for the rail and foundation as the siding.