Architecture Tuesday: Exterior House Styles

Architecture Tuesday: Exterior House Styles

Today we will briefly look at the styles of Craftsman, Tudor, and Victorian houses.

  1. Craftsman
  • Born out of the Arts and Crafts movement.
  • There is an emphasis on natural materials such as stone, wood, and brick.

Key Features:

  • Wide front porches.
  • Tapered square columns or porch posts.
  • Low-pitched roofs.
  • Wide eave overhangs.
  • Interiors include: woodwork such as built-in furniture, exposed beams, and large fireplaces.

  1. Tudor
  • Originated in England.
  • One of the most recognizable house styles.
  • Built in established neighborhoods in the early 20th

Key Features:

  • Steeply pitched, multi-gabled roofs.
  • Decorative half-timber construction.
  • Tall narrow windows. Small transom windows.
  • Stone, stucco, and wood on the outside.
  • Simple arched doorways.
  • Stained glass windows.

  1. Victorian
  • Emerged in 1830 to 1910 during the reign of Queen Victoria.
  • There are a variety of sub-styles that have appeared as well.
  • They were constructed more for beauty than functionality.
  • They have a romantic and distinctive appearance.

Key Features:

  • Complex in design and include ornate trim and moldings (gingerbread trim) and bright colors.
  • Large porches.
  • Asymmetrical shape. The house is not centered nor will both sides match.
  • Multi-faceted roof lines.
  • May include a variety of window styles.
  • May have a window bench.
  • Crow’s nest or balcony.
  • Turrets and towers.
  • Gables.
  • Columns.
  • Scroll work.
  • Patterned shingles.


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