Video:Characteristics of the Colonial Revival Style Homewith Eric Wheeler
Colonial Revival style homes are popular throughout the United States, offering a connection to America's colonial past. This architecture video from About.com will give you a brief profile of Colonial Revival homes.See Transcript
Transcript:Characteristics of the Colonial Revival Style Home
I'm Eric Wheeler with About.com and today we'll be sharing with you characteristics of a Colonial Revival style home.
Origin of the Colonial Revival Style
The Colonial Revival style with roots in the 18th and 19th centuries continues to be one of the most popular residential styles in the U.S. Colonial Revival homes reflect many of the design features of early American homes found in the original 13 colonies.
Characteristics of Colonial Revival Homes
Most Colonials have two stories, with a gable or hip roof, and are rectangular shaped with the long side facing the street. The front door is placed right in the middle and the windows are evenly spaced singly or in pairs on both the first and second floors. Even in modest Colonials, the doorway is often ornamented with column-like pilasters on either side, and a decorative triangular shaped pediment on top.
Example of a Colonial Revival House
The distinguished Doyle/Albee House, located in northeast Portland, was designed in 1912 by noted local architect A.E. Doyle for the newly elected mayor of Portland, H. Russell Albee. This outstanding two-story brick mansion is an excellent example of the high style Georgian variation of Colonial Revival and is considered one of Doyle's finest home designs.
Like many high style Colonials, the entry of the Albee House leads directly to a grand staircase dividing the two ground floor wings of the interior. A massive Palladian style window on the stairway landing is another Classical element that defines the high style Georgian Revival variant of the Colonial Revival style. The Colonial residence evokes a stability and continuity that appeals to home-buyers across the age and income spectrum.
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