Colonial Revival (1876-1966)

American Colonial Revival

Character-defining features

(American Colonial Revival)

  • One or two stories;
  • Rectangular mass;
  • A symmetrical façade, but may have side porches or sunrooms on either or both sides;
  • Usually a medium pitch, side-gable roof with narrow eaves. Hipped roofs and dormers are occasionally seen;
  • Multi-pane (six-over-six or six-over-one lights are common), double hung, wood window with correctly proportioned shutters;
  • The entrance is centered and accented with columns, pilasters, and/or pediments.  It may also be hooded to create a covered porch. There may be a fanlight, transom, side lights and/or a paneled door;
  • Brick or wood lap siding is very common; and,
  • Other design elements may include classical columns, quoins at corners, dentil trim under eaves and Palladian windows.

Dutch Colonial

Character-defining features

(Dutch Colonial Revival)

  • Steeply  pitched gambrel roof;
  • One and one-half story with dormer windows; and,
  • May have a full-width porch.

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Siding Examples




Lap siding