This fine Colonial Revival entry serves a house built in 1923. America’s most enduring residential architectural style, the Colonial Revival got its start in the late 19th century and has never really gone away. A product of the late Victorian period, it looked back to the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles. It freely combined elements from all of them.
This is a nice example of a Colonial Revival house, primarily using elements of the Federal style. For example, the leaded sidelights and elliptical fanlight surrounding the front door derive from the Federal style. Understanding the architectural style of your house should be the starting point for planning your restoration/rehabilitation project.
Colonial Revival is one of the 25 styles and types illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.
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