Transitional/Four-square (1880-1920)

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FoursquareCharacter Defining Features:

  • Simple box shape;
  • Two-and-a-half stories;
  • Low-pitched hipped or pyramidal roof with wide eaves;
  • Large central dormer;
  • Full-width porch with wide stairs; Brick, stone, stucco, concrete block, or wood siding; and,
  • Large single light windows in front, otherwise double-hung wood windows.


ShingleCharacter Defining Features:

  • Asymmetrical façade;
  • Irregular, steeply-pitched roof (often with intersecting cross-gables);
  • Wood shingle roof and wall cladding (most original wood shingle roofs have been replaced with composition shingles);
  • Eaves on different levels;
  • Irregular plan (typical); and,
  • Porches (typical).


NeoclassicalCharacter Defining Features:

  • One or two stories in height;
  • Modest size;
  • Pyramidal or hipped roof;
  • Rectangular plan (typical);
  • Full-width or partial-width, off-center porch under the principal roof;
  • Classical columns or delicate turned spindle work porch support;
  • Rectangular windows with wide casings;
  • Squat dormer with a hipped roof; and,
  • Horizontal wood siding.

Window Examples

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Siding Examples

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