Architectural Styles

Identifying the style of a home can be a little confusing if you don't now what to look for. Here you will find information that focus on the exterior visual components of residential architecture. Learn how to recognize design features that make up the characteristics of each architectural style. Photos are also provided for a visual interpretation. It is only a guide; however, it will help you better understand domestic homes across America and how they relate or differ.

arts and crafts movement

Arts and Crafts Architecture
Beaux Arts home style

Beaux Arts Architecture
Chateauesque home style

Chateauesque Architecture
colonial home style

Colonial Architecture
Dutch Colonial
Early Classical Revival
Federal (Adam)
French Colonial

French home style

French Architecture
French Eclectic
French Normandy
French Provincial
Romantic home style

Romantic Architecture
Gothic Revival
Greek Revival
Mediterranean home style

Mediterranean Architecture
Italian Renaissance
Spanish Eclectic
Modern home style

Modern Architecture

Octagon home style

Octagon Architecture
Prairie home style

Prairie Architecture
Tudor home style

Tudor Architecture
Victorian home style

Victorian Architecture
Folk Victorian
Queen Anne
Richardsonian Romanesque
Second Empire

Understanding the "style" in architecture

When you talk about architecture in reference to homes, one of the first terms to emerge is "style". Sadly, in the field of Residential Design, the term "style" is often taken out of context and misused drasticly. Webster's dictionary defines style as a characteristic manner of expression, design, etc. The definition is a little vague in its explanation, which lends itself to different interpretations in describing the house designs and its associated home style.

To further understand "style" we must recognize that being combined with"architecture", style is a product of its environment. House styles can and have been in part, dictated by regional resources and is accompany by romantic illusions of past architectural works. Home style indepth, is an art form that combine philosophy, expression, topography, climate, social, and ethnic influences. This, in and of itself, brings diversity within the scope of each home styles core principle. In many cases, these diverse principles are combined either on purpose or by sheer accident. This create some often unique and puzzling examples of architecture, but not necessarily a genuine "style" of architecture.

To truely be loyal to a particular home architecture style, you must consider the depth of interpretation of the design principles. This involves creating modern floor plans that will merge with historic design ideas. The replication should also consider interior architectural features, trim details, paint colors, and a balance of scale & size. The more a house style is researched, the better the understanding and recreation of the art form. As a result, you will end up with a faithful and historical work that can be considered one of many architectural styles.