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What Makes A House: Colonial Revival

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What Makes A House: Colonial Revival

A series discussing the variety of architectural styles found across the United States

This nationalistic movement began in the United States in the 19th century and helped to popularize scenes of classic New England. Also known as Neocolonial, Georgian Revival, or Neo-Georgian, this style seeks to revive the architectural style, garden design, and interior design of American colonial architecture and is often considered a classic and understated architectural style.

Stately and distinguished, this style is a far stretch from the quaint cottage homes or Art Deco embellishments. A Colonial Revival home echoes traditional values and a sense of stability and responsibility.

Timeless in design, the Colonial Revival is a symmetrical style where one side reflects a mirror image of the other. This style is reminiscent of Greek and Roman classical architecture with its prominence, large doors, hoods, or occasional porticos. Interestingly, only about 100 years lapsed between the original Colonial architecture and the Revival period that followed.

Distinguishing characteristics of a Colonial Revival home:

  • Two stories (typically)
  • Symmetrical front facade
  • Accented doorway
  • Evenly spaced windows on either side
  • Elaborate and distinguished front doors
  • Columned porches

 

For more inspiration for Colonial homes, see our Colonial Revival Pinterest board.

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