Spanish Eclectic Architecture

Spanish eclectic architectureThis style of residential architecture incorporates the details and ideals from the overall history of Spanish architecture. California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida are all regions where Spanish Eclectic architecture and house designs are common. This style immediately followed the closely related Mission architecture. During the 1920’s and early 1930’s, the Spanish Eclectic design style enjoyed great popularity that soon fell from favor during the early 1940’s.

Design features include a low pitch roof (with little or no eave overhang), tile roof (red being the common color), one or more archways placed above the front door and/or principle windows, stucco exterior finish, and a normally asymmetrical floor plan design. Doors are usually embellished with dramatic carvings and are made to be a focal point by adding adjacent spiral columns, pilasters, patterned tile work, or some sort of stone work.

The example photo above delivers on the substance of Spanish eclectic architectural styling; however, the overhangs are slightly larger than normal giving this a subtle blend of the Italian Renaissance architecture.