A spectacular Colonial Revival style house decorated for the holidays.
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, often with some elements of other popular Victorian era styles.
Colonial Revival is still popular enough that some real estate agents regularly call every old house “Colonial.” This is an exceptional example of a Colonial Revival house, mixing elements of the Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival styles. 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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