Commanding + Elegant
This classic style is both understated and distinguished and is inspired by the early ‘Colonial’ homes built by Dutch, French, Spanish and English settlers in the American colonies, hence the name Colonial Revival. This unique mixture of the two styles becomes one-of-a-kind American.
With two waves of the Colonial Revival movement, the first part from 1880-1945 had more architectural detailing and used durable materials. Post war, 1945 on, the style becomes Neo-Colonial and was decidedly plainer and less known for craftsmanship, sometimes being wrapped in aluminum or vinyl siding.
The Colonial Revival style homes come in many different flavors or types, including Dutch, French, Georgian, German and Spanish Colonial styles.
The floor plan usually has living areas on main floor with bedrooms on the second floor. Colonials are easy to add on to at the side or the back due to their rectangular design.
Smaller subsets of this style include the Colonial Cape Cod Revival, which you can also find in Portland.
2-3 stories high
Symmetrical facade with a rectangular or square mass
May have side porches or sunrooms on either or both sides
Medium pitched, side-gable roof with narrow eaves
1 or more dormers
Decorative crown (pediment) over front door with columns, pilasters which often creates a covered entry or a small portico
Entrance may have a fanlight, transom or side lights
Multi-pane (6, 8, 9 or 12 panes with single pane below), double hung windows, sometimes with shutters
Small casement windows
Central front door with symmetrical windows on both sides
Narrow clapboard siding, sometimes brick
Front door opens onto staircase area with a formal entryway
1880s - mid 1950s
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